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Graduates get jobs after studying at UCOL

By UCOL on Friday, 23 February 2018

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The inaugural results from a new graduate employment survey developed by the Tertiary Education Commission have arrived, giving employment data and evaluation of qualifications by UCOL graduates.

Of those who responded to the survey, 71% of UCOL graduates are in paid employment six months after graduating, with 84% feeling they were able to use the skills and knowledge gained in their qualification in their current role. “When thinking about their overall UCOL experience 96% of students showed satisfaction” said Gianetta Lapsley, Executive Director Quality. “These results highlight the success of our students followed by real outcomes once they leave.  Getting a job and making a better future are key reasons why people study in the first place.  The results of this survey are consistent with feedback from our own sources. 

Nursing rated very highly in students gaining employment quickly following graduation, with the Graduate Diploma having a 100% employment rate and the Bachelors 92%. The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport, has seen 88% of its students go to gain employment and 100% felt their qualification helped with their career progress. 

The Graduate Diploma in Business, Graduate Diploma in Nursing, Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology) as well as other qualifications scored 100% on prepared for work; career progress; career prospects and overall satisfaction.

UCOL carries out its own Graduate Survey at Graduation time each year, there is also an international student barometer for those from overseas coming to NZ to study, from these three sources, it shows UCOL is performing well and graduate  employment is high. 

UCOL is committed to student success and got behind encouraging participation in the survey – RateMyQual - so that they could better understand the student experience and the outcomes post-graduation.  “We used Facebook and emails to contact all our graduates in the last three years to let them know about the survey.  The most responses came via Facebook, with graduates updating their LinkedIn profiles as well”. 

The information will be useful to people contemplating tertiary study, and is published on the Careers NZ website.  It is part of the Tertiary Education Strategy 2014-2019 to help prospective students make informed study choices and career decisions.