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USQ delivers best grad opportunities

USQ's strong focus on jobs and employability has resulted in great outcomes for graduates in finding work and starting salary.

The Graduate Outcome Survey and the Employer Satisfaction Survey released today (January 11) detailed the experiences of graduates and their employers and it was good news for USQ.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said USQ was focused on readying its students for the work-force, and this was reflected in the latest Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) data.

“The strong results in employability is the direct result of our emphasis on practical experience to produce work-ready graduates,” she said.

“The vast majority of employers agree that USQ prepares graduates well for their positions.

“There’s also evidence that we’re ahead of the pack when it comes to graduate starting salary – among the top three in the country.”

USQ had the highest graduate salary in the Queensland at $67,700 a year and more than 85 per cent of USQ graduates secured employment straight after graduating.

“Our success in this area has been consistent for years, demonstrating that jobs and employability remains at the forefront of everything we do,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“We will continue to grow already-strong links with community to further enrich the student experience and provide the workforce of the future.”

USQ works with industry to develop its programs, with many of its degrees such as Teacher Education, Nursing, Psychology, Accounting, Law, Engineering and Computer Science accredited by the relevant national professional bodies.

Professor Mackenzie said the University would maintain its focus on providing practical, industry-relevant courses, as well as employment services that engaged with all levels of the student cohort.

“From developing skills such as resume writing, to working directly with industry to identity employment opportunities, USQ helps its students build connections and prepare for their future career,” she said.

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USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie