Fellow students face issues, hardships, and fears frequently during the semester. What strikes me the most while my tutorial was brainstorming ideas was that there were plenty of external problems that relate to their University experience and not a lot of internal problems at University directly. Such as transportation; sure it’s the Universities responsibility to ensure students have suitable public transport and parking but consider the lack of infrastructure local and state government haven’t provided to support the ongoing issue. Like the lack of suitable train times on the South Coast line, the traffic on M1, Albion Park traffic (Thankfully, a bypass is on its way thanks to MP Gareth Ward).
However, one struck me the most. One about jobs, future prospects, and our career trajectory. Especially considering I am currently in CRLP200 (Career Ready Learning Practice) have I only just realised that so many other students are either over prepared to start Interning or severely underprepared and have no clue how to approach an employer for workplace experience.
Also, why have a class dedicated to career learning? For sure, you have the opportunity to learn extra details in obtaining, preparing and learning about career development. But why not make that available to every student of every level instead of making it for students that are a year and a half into their years at University? I think it would be more beneficial to make it available to every student at different levels because that would still fit in with UOW’s philosophy for getting students jobs straight from graduation. On top of that, It would mean one less subject to take. Extra time to fit in an Internship and no subject payment piled on to HECS.
Would this type of independence encourage more students to partake in career development and internships? Perhaps I’m wrong and enforcing career development classes Is a way of motivating students to steer in the right direction. My guess is because not every student will be bothered or motivated to do so, but why would they bother to go to University in the first place then?
Career development is so vital to us as students. It’s taught to us in High School back in Year 10 with work experience and as University creeps over for us students that decide further education is needed for their career, It couldn’t be any more relevant. Especially today with high unemployment after graduation and in general, the unemployed population. While UOW may boast “greater graduate satisfaction”, “TOP 1% FOR GRADUATES AS RATED BY GLOBAL EMPLOYERS” and “74.3%
of our bachelor level graduates in full-time employment” It doesn’t exactly give us the real insight for student career development satisfaction and If the 74.3% of those students are in jobs they aimed for, are reliable and are in their field – a bit vague isn’t it?
And for the 25.7% of students with Bachelors, I believe are like this past Arts graduate student;
I’m not bagging out my own University because there have been a plethora of successful students and stories like Sarah Doyle’s; previously a Notre Dame graduate now a Wollongong graduate and successfully attaining employment in her field.
She states that she doesn’t blame Notre Dame for her career outcomes and instead accepts the fact that the rapid change of the workforce is a major factor and could be remedied with ‘leadership’ and broader career developing type qualifications instead of rigid courses for specific careers.
I aim to find out what students are focused on in terms of career development.
Did or do you feel rushed to find a job? – A career? Do you feel pressured doing so?
Do you feel assured that you will have future employment with your current skills?
Are you confident with the sources provided by UOW to improve your CV and employability? What matters the most, skills or WAM? Do you think the “P’s get degrees” attitude matters?