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Professional development workshop for secondary careers teachers, presented at La Trobe University 13 May 2011.

Professional development workshop for secondary careers teachers, presented at La Trobe University 13 May 2011.

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  • 1. career development centre Preparing students for the graduate labour market Jason Brown Manager, Career Development Centre La Trobe University
  • 2. career development centreOverview of session• What employers seek in graduates• Graduate labour market• Career education strategy at La Trobe
  • 3. career development centreWhat employers seek in graduates‘Very important’ competencies:• Oral communication – 89%• Teamwork – 85%• Interpersonal skills – 83%• Problem solving skills – 79%• Written communication skills – 73%Source: AAGE Employer Survey 2009
  • 4. career development centreGraduate Employment Programs• Offered by around 200 of Australia’s top private and public sector organisations• Recruit around 8500 grads each year (5%)• Applications close March / April in final year of studies• Time consuming process for students – average company uses 7 different techniques in selection process
  • 5. career development centreGraduate Employment Programs• Grad programs run between 1 – 2 years• Provided with training, mentoring, job rotations• Some obtain postings overseas
  • 6. career development centreGrad program selection process• Behavioural based interviews – 93%• Panel interviews – 85%• Aptitude testing – 67%• Group exercises / interviews – 55%• Telephone screening – 54%• Personality questionnaires – 53%• Skills-based interviews – 52%• Written exercises – 47%• Presentations – 39%
  • 7. career development centreWhere do graduates go? 5 11 11 FT Employment Further study PT Employment Not studying or working 73
  • 8. career development centreWhere do graduates go?• Large employers (100+) – 68.9%• Medium employers (20-99) – 15.8%• Small employers (2 - 19) – 15.3%
  • 9. career development centreGraduate Labour Market 2009• Overall employment figures for grads decreased 6% compared with 2008• Biggest falls in employment – Architecture (↓ 17%) – Visual/performing arts (↓ 15%) – Geology (↓ 13%) – Mathematics (↓ 12%) – Social Sciences (↓ 12%)
  • 10. career development centreGraduate Labour Market 2009• Highest proportion in FT employment: – Pharmacy (97%) – Nursing (96%) – Medicine (96%)• Most likely to be seeking employment: – Visual and performing arts (48%) – Life sciences (35%) – Humanities (32%) – Psychology (28%) – Mathematics (26%)
  • 11. career development centreWhat happens in 5 years?• 1/4 complete a postgraduate qualification• 64% working in a field related to their undergraduate degree• 75% working full-time, 16% part-time, 9% not working• Marked gender differences, males more likely to be working full-time (83% v 68%), females part- time (20% v 9%)Coates & Edwards (2010) Higher Education Quarterly
  • 12. career development centreHow do graduates find work?Method PercentAdvertisement – internet 25Advertisement – print media 6University (careers, expo, lecturer) 20Canvassing 10Networking 27Employment agency 3Internet posting 2
  • 13. career development centreHow do graduates find work?Method PercentAdvertisement – internet 25Advertisement – print media 6University (careers, expo, lecturer) 20Canvassing 10Networking 27Employment agency 3Internet posting 2Other 7Source: GradStats 2010, www.graduatecareers.com.au
  • 14. career development centreStrategies at La Trobe• Career education (face to face, online, in-class delivery)• Direct contact with employers – careers fairs – WIL – information sessions – industry speakers – career mentoring programs
  • 15. career development centreCareer education• Way Ahead program – 2 day workshop – delivered at 5 campuses – aimed at final year students• Graduate / Vacation employment program preparation workshops – 6 hours of content, delivered prior to expos• Lunchtime seminars – 6 x 1 hour workshops weekly during semester
  • 16. career development centreCareer Development Program• Developing online program of 10 modules• Recordings of workshops; videos; written examples; text• ‘On demand’ service delivery
  • 17. career development centreReferencesCoates, H., Edwards, D. (2011). The Graduate Pathways Survey: New insights on education and employment outcomes five years after bachelor degree completion. Higher Education Quarterly, 65(1), p74-93GradStats 2010 www.graduatecareers.com.au/Research/ResearchReports/GradStats/index.htmThe AAGE Employer Survey 2009 www.aage.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=74&Itemid=64
  • 18. career development centreContactJason Brown / Career Development Centre• www.latrobe.edu.au/careers/• jason.brown@latrobe.edu.au• LinkedIn: http://au.linkedin.com/in/brownjasonl• Twitter: @LTUcareers• Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaTrobeCareers