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Career Paths by Kristel Dee

Posted: May 29, 2014 by kristeldee in Deakin University, Education

As more and more jobs are lost due to the influence of economical and governmental forces, finding stable employment is becoming harder and harder to attain.

This is especially worrying for current students and graduates who are or have already dedicated years into studying, only to end up struggling to secure employment within their respective fields, or worse yet, remain unemployed.

For most students and graduates, entering the corporate world can become strenuous and frustrating. The employment process is a rigorous system that can sometimes feel specifically selective to applicants who have years of relevant experience. In most cases, students and graduates often lack corporate experience due to educational priorities and inflexible working availabilities.

Graduate Careers Australia’s annual Australian Graduate Survey reveals that there was deterioration in the short-term employment prospects of new graduates in 2013 compared to 2012. Out of 182,174 Australian resident bachelor degree graduates, 71.3% were found to have entered a full-time role within four months of completing their degrees whilst 18.1% had secured part-time or casual positions whilst continuing to pursue full-time employment.

Increasingly, many students and graduates have been turning to employment services and training initiatives in hopes of boosting their chances in securing gainful employment.

Whilst it seems that a majority of graduates find full-time employment, it remains unclear if their full-time roles are relevant to their field of study. For most, settling into a role they have fallen in becomes their only viable option whilst some continue to pursue further studies in order to broaden their horizons.

For the unlucky few who continue to work part-time or casually in mainstream fields like retail, financial burden can quickly settle in and relying on government assistance is their only way of remaining stable.

However, although tertiary education is pursued by many and arguably essential in developing a lasting career, a select few opt a different route. Starting a full-time career in entry-level roles that require little to no prerequisite is sometimes a more suitable option for those who have no desire in higher education. For them, this means that they have the chance to climb the corporate ladder earlier, however, may mean settling for a lower salary than that awarded to a bachelor degree graduate in the same position.

Ultimately, entering the workforce as a full-time employee can be daunting for everyone, however, when it comes to developing a career, it is noteworthy to consider that there are various avenues that can be taken beyond tertiary education.


Grad Stats 2013, Employment and salary outcomes of recent higher education graduates, Graduate Careers Australia, retrieved 25 May 2014,