La Trobe produces top-notch graduates

La Trobe University graduates are stand-outs in the workplace, according to a nationwide survey which rated them second amongst Victorian university graduates, and eighth amongst Australian university graduates, for meeting employer needs.

The Federal Government’s latest Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS) revealed La Trobe received an overall employer satisfaction rating of 87.8 per cent for 2019 to 2021 – above the national average of 84.7 per cent.

La Trobe Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students) Professor Jessica Vanderlelie said the survey results were extremely pleasing.

“We know our students complete their studies ready to excel in the workplace – but it’s fantastic to see that borne out through this national employer survey,” Professor Vanderlelie said.

“Employers have told us they are looking for graduates who are, amongst other things, flexible, resilient, creative and innovative – and so we’ve designed our courses, and innovative work-integrated learning programs, to reflect that.

“Clearly this strategy – along with our sector-leading employability program, Career Ready Advantage – is having an effect, and producing graduates who are not only ready for work, but ready to make an impact,” Professor Vanderlelie said.

Developed in collaboration with industry, Career Ready Advantage supports students to develop the skills and experiences that employers are looking for.

More than 8,000 students were engaged in the program in 2021.

More information on the Employer Satisfaction Survey available here.

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