Improved Job Opportunities for Foreign Students in Australia

February 07, 2012

A new report reveals that international students graduating in Australia now get more chances to find work in their fields of study.

The report produced by Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) reveals that employer demand for international graduates grew last year with the proportion of employers recruiting foreign graduates at 31 percent, a significant increase after the effects of the global crisis 2008.

These fluctuations are well correlated with changes to the Australian government's general skilled migration program which encourages foreign students to live in Australia and find a job here.

GCA Executive Director Dr Noel Edge said the results would motivate international students to study in Australia. "There appear to be more employment opportunities for international graduates and we hope to see this grow into the future," Edge added.

Focusing on six main fields of employment, the GCA report reveals that the biggest increase in the proportion of employers hiring international graduates was from the communication, technology and utilities sector. In 2011, accounting and finance; manufacturing; and construction, mining and engineering sectors attracted more international graduates compared to the last two years. In addition, the shortage of IT workers may have affected the employment rate for international graduates, the report indicates.

The report explains that government employers cannot employ foreign graduates because of the requirement for an employee to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Legal and professional services and communication, technology and utilities employers also have concerns around the retention of international graduates while others worry that they may take the skills, knowledge and experience they gain from a graduate program to other employers.

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