The biggest problem for college students, is not passing exams, but how to get a job after their course is over.
Recently, we sat down with the India head of University of New South Wales (UNSW), an Australian University and talked about how students can prepare for better employment these days.
Here are some of the things that were discussed:
What are the employability issues in India?
Employment opportunities in India face the hurdle of employability. This is because higher education in India is yet to become work-ready. While this would change through greater interface with business and industry, in the short-term, this is a serious lacunae that graduates face.
While some are employable, studies have reported that 95 per cent of Indian engineers are not employable.
According to the report of International Labour Organisation (ILO), India has estimated unemployment at 18.6 million for 2018 that is greater than the 18.3 million in 2017. This is more than 2/3rds the total population of Australia!
A growing concern of education in India is that it does not focus on imparting knowledge to individuals on benefits and scope of the program that they are pursuing in today’s market. They must understand what impact they have on the society or the nation and their ability to make change to life.
Additionally, a recent report by The World Bank (WB) has red flagged saying that India – a nation of approximately 1.32 billion people must create at least 8.1 million jobs a year to match up to the employment rate of the country.
How is UNSW combatting the employability challenges?
UNSW stands 36th in the world for graduate employability according to the latest research by QS World University Rankings, 2018. When you graduate from UNSW, you become a member of the UNSW global alumni network of close to 300,000 graduates in 146 countries.
Graduates are invited to regular alumni events hosted by UNSW in countries such as Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the US.
Our alumni are making their mark on the world working with some of the biggest global organisations, such as Google, Penguin, Ernst & Young, Microsoft, Rio Tinto, HSBC, Slater & Gordon, NASA, UNESCO, and Oxfam.
UNSW has educated five of the top 25 young rich listers in Australia according to BRW Young Rich List, 2017. It is an interesting fact that the current Australian Prime Minister is a graduate of UNSW.
What can you say to Indian students aspiring to study abroad?
It is important to do one’s homework and decide what course one wishes to pursue and why. At the same time, it is important to know whether one fits the entry and eligibility criteria. And thirdly, whether one has the funds to be part of the programme.
These are three critical questions that need to be answered. After this comes choice or where one can study. Given the significant investment involved, if one is going to study abroad, it is important to go to a place that provides the best return on investment. Rankings are important but employability it more important.
UNSW uniquely matches both: not only is it internationally ranked, it is also one of the best known in terms of its high employability quotient. Most of the CEOs in Australia and of international companies based in Australia are UNSW graduates. That says something.
But of course, you cannot get all the information you need from just these 3 questions, and so perhaps the best thing for you all to do would be to head over to the UNSW India Open Days that are being held from 18th to 23rd November 2018.
What is the India Open Day by UNSW all about?
Given the importance that UNSW attaches to its India engagement, it organizes annual Open Days in India to provide insightful information to prospective students on the rich learning and living experience studying at UNSW and living in Sydney offers.
Over the years, we have found that this provides a unique platform for both, students and their parents, to know more about studying abroad and weighing options.
UNSW India Open Days have emerged as our flagship recruitment events in India that reaches out to prospective students aspiring for world-class education abroad.
For those who would want to attend and apply for programmes at UNSW, would be provided career counselling apart from study options for dual degree programmes and more importantly, through a first-ever presentation by any international university, a wow-factor experience at the Open Days.
Never before has any international university put together such a magical and unique Open Day presentation where technology would be used to create the perfect experience.
The AUD$125.00 (approximately INR 6500) application fee for eligible students attending the event and applying would be waived. All students need to bring their academic transcript for assessment on the day.
UNSW India is set to meet the aspiring students and their parents and give them a virtual tour of our university through our professors and various presentations. It is important that students pre-register if they are keen on going through this first-time ever experience!
More importantly, UNSW India is bringing around 40 staff from the University and a range of areas including Admissions, Careers & Employment, Student Accommodation, UNSW Global and the UNSW India Centre, featuring an experiential exhibition of UNSW, student counselling and presentation would be part of the experience.
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