Good news for education graduates looking for work
The transition from study to work can be a daunting prospect, particularly in light of the recent Graduate Careers Australia survey results that show only 68% of 2014 graduates gained full-time employment within four months after graduation. But there is positive news for education graduates.
Only 5.5% of education graduates were not working (and seeking full-time employment) in the four months after graduating. This is the fourth lowest percentage out of the 40 employment sectors included in the survey. Of the employed education graduates, 70% were working full-time and 24.5% were working part-time or casually while seeking a full-time position.
The survey results show that education graduates have a strong prospect of finding employment soon after they graduate; however, graduates should be open to accepting part-time, casual or contract positions as a pathway into full-time work.
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According to the research, education graduates receive one of the highest starting salaries at $59,000—the seventh highest salary out of the 40 sectors.
Working conditions in the education sector are a credit to the efforts of union members in bargaining collectively to improve wages and other entitlements.
Continuing your union membership once you enter the classroom is one of the key ways to help protect and enhance working conditions in the education sector.