Graduate employability isn’t just another factor or number, it’s something that every university should focus on.
The ability for graduates to find or create work after higher education is a critical component of a university’s reputation and ranking, and a key deciding factor in a prospective student’s decision-making process.
Graduate employability has seen greater emphasis in recent years as universities cater to the growing importance students place on graduate outcomes.
The message is clear to global universities; your students care about graduate employability, and so should you.
What does graduate employability mean for international students?
In our recent International Student Survey, we asked prospective international students what graduate outcomes were most important to them.
Respondents stated a high graduate employment rate (58%), a high rate of students going into their preferred industry (56%), and how quickly students find employment after graduating (56%).
It’s clear that prospective international students value graduate employability, and they’re already considering their future career path before they’ve even set foot on campus.
What does graduate employability mean for universities?
Given this importance, it’s now more imperative than ever that universities take an active role in developing their graduate employability.
The first step is to examine your current services and student support in order to identify areas for improvements.
For instance, what career services do you currently offer students? Do they have access to interview prep, internship opportunities, and alumni connections?
All of these services provide students with the support and connections they need to build their employability and improve their chances of relevant, timely work post-graduation.
What does graduate employability mean for QS?
At QS, there’s an employer component in every ranking we do.
We’re the only international rankings provider that includes employability as an indicator.
We do this because we believe employability is central to the life goals of most prospective students, which is why we include it in every QS assessment.
The four pillars of the QS World University Rankings are research, teaching, employability, and internationalization.
Employability has a 10% weighting in our global rankings, and it has a 20% average weighting across our regional rankings.
Nunzio Quacquarelli, founder of QS, believes that universities play an important role in preparing graduates for today’s global employment market.
“This means that the development of soft skills, like team-playing and resilience, become as important as the technical skills and knowledge acquired during a degree. Employers responding to the QS Global Employer Survey reiterate this message repeatedly.”
“Opportunities for internships, study abroad, extra-curricular activity, and active learning can all contribute to the development of these skills.”
If you’re unsure how your university currently measures up when it comes to graduate employability, the QS Employer Reputation Tracker offers exclusive data, analysis of your performance, comparisons to your peers, and a framework for progress.
Contact us today to discover how our expert analysis can dramatically improve your graduate employability.