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Posted: 7/05/2015 5:00:00 AM by Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Filed under: Job-seekers, Mining, Training-and-Development, Career-resources

A report yesterday from the West Australian Auditor-General shows full-time employment rates of graduates from the University of Western Australia slipped to 71.1 per cent in 2014, down from 78.5 per cent in 2013 and 82.3 per cent in 2012.

Only 68.9 per cent of Western Australia’s graduates had jobs four months after graduating in 2014, down from 75.9 per cent in 2013 and well below the national average of 72.5 per cent.

All four of the state’s universities saw declines in their graduate employment outcomes, which measure how many students are in either full or part-time jobs that match their expectations.

The biggest slide went to graduates of Curtin University, which fell to 69.3 per cent, down from 84.1 per cent in 2012. Edith Cowan University saw graduate employment rates fall to 66.8 per cent and Murdoch rates fell to 68.5 per cent.

Gunnis commented that there are two developments that need to be considered as a result of these new figures. Firstly universities themselves should be re evaluating their relevance to the current market place to ensure that degrees are in tune with best of breed industry standards and even showing innovation at their own level.

Secondly in Western Australia although mining oil and gas are by far the most important exporting industries the services industry was the second largest, accounting for 28.5% of output. Professional, scientific and technical services, and transport, postal and warehousing were the largest service industries. The severe in mining oil and gas presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Western Australia to exploit its huge recent influx of global professionals by transforming into a regional centre for innovation. Laura Gunnis added that the state is already engaged in ground breaking research and innovation at the forefront of eight of the 12 “disruptive technologies” that will matter globally in the next 10 years.

Gunnis said that university education still offers better opportunity and outcomes for all. “I have been around the mining oil and gas industries long enough to know that things can change quickly and a university degree places jobseekers in the best position to take advantage of emerging jobs”


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