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Students Hit Uni Without Vision: Survey

Sydney Morning Herald -
Published: January 25, 2008 - 10:53AM

Six out of 10 people believe students enter university without thinking what job opportunities or salary their chosen course will bring, a survey has found.

The survey of 2,700 people - conducted by career networking site - also found the 45 per cent of respondents say students should ignore university-based careers, believing a trade would offer better opportunities.

"With first-round university entrance offers having recently been made, parents and students alike are in the midst of making important career decisions and want to know the facts about work in different fields," LinkMe channels development manager Marcus Webb said.

"Aussies believe there are a number of problems with the current university structure, including not enough programs being put in place by universities and government organisations to ensure graduates find a job."

The survey found that 55 per cent of people believe universities should cut down on the number of students accepted into fields where there is not enough work.

Those who work in education have stronger criticisms of universities than other people, with seven out of 10 people saying universities don't provide enough information for prospective students on the realities of working in various fields.

Seven out of 10 believe there is a lack of effective programs in place for students to find jobs.

"Hands-on experience allows for the best transition into the workforce but currently only 31 per cent of Australian companies offer a graduate program, which reiterates the lack of support for graduates in Australia," Mr Webb said.

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