From industry-based work placements, to mentorship opportunities and employability assistance, VU links students to a network of more than 4000 industry connections.
That’s why, in 2018, businesses across the country rated VU graduates in the top 10 of more than 40 universities in Australia for work-readiness. Moving in to 2019, VU continued to dominate the Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS) where more than 90% of Australian employers ranked our graduates highly for leadership, management, flexibility and initiative.
The ESS is the first national survey that links the experiences of graduates to the views of their direct supervisors. It is undertaken systematically, asking employed graduates who participated in the Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) to provide the contact details of their supervisor for questions about the generic skills, technical skills and work-readiness of the graduate employed in their workplace.
Preparing graduates for employment success amid a pandemic
In 2020, Australia is entering its first recession in 29 years. The full impact of coronavirus-related shutdowns has caused the unemployment rate to hit 7.1%, the highest jobless rate since 2001. This is seeing an increasing number of students seeking career support from the University’s VU Employ program and signalling greater competition in the job market post-COVID.
Manager VU Employ, Amy Liston said:
“At VU, it is critical that we continue to provide crucial opportunities to our students, both through curriculum and extra-curricular offerings. As the universities career service, VU Employ is actively ensuring students are offered multiple opportunities to flourish as work ready-graduates. Students can access two new programs: The Global Victoria Intellect Program (GVIP) and Enterprise Skills Development program”.
Global Victoria Intellect Program
VU Employ has partnered with Practera and Global Victoria to create the Global Victoria Intellect Program (GVIP), a government initiative that connects domestic and international student teams with Victorian exporters to undertake authentic market intelligence projects. This approach provides students with the opportunity to not only develop enterprise skills, but to learn how to apply them in a professional context.
Enterprise Skills Development Program (ESP)
VU Employ has taken the GVIP a step further by adding more skills training. Students are able to participate in a three-part course that focuses on developing a range of valuable ‘transferable’ skills such as communication, initiative, team work and problem solving, in an authentic work context.
Currently in its second round, it is already boosting positive outcomes for students:
“My journey in the Global Victoria Intellect Program as a Consultant was very insightful. This opportunity to learn experientially has proven itself to be fundamental in my understanding of tackling a real-world business problem through both technical and soft skills.” – VU Student, July 2020 cohort
To find out more about VU Employ programs email: [email protected].