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What students want from graduate employment

Annika Blau

Journalist at ABC NEWS
In GradAustralia’s student survey we asked students from around Australia what they want in an employer. Here’s what they said.

Millennials want to be part of a diverse workplace

74% of students say diversity is important to them when choosing an employer.

Millennials want to work for companies that do good

55% of students say they wouldn’t work for an employer with a ‘bad image’, even if the salary was high.

Millennials care more about being fulfilled than earning a lot

70% agreed with the statement ‘it’s more important for me to feel fulfilled at work than to earn a lot of money.’

Millennials are prepared to work… hard.

On average, the students surveyed were willing to work 47 hours per week in their first job after graduating, 9 hours more than the standard work week.

And, they’ll put their personal lives on hold in the meantime.

64% of students said they’d be willing to make sacrifices in their personal lives for their career.

Two thirds expect to be still searching for a job three months after graduating.

22% expect to be searching for up to a year.

On average, students expect to make 17 applications before landing a graduate job.

One third of students expect to make anywhere between 20 and 40+.

Over 70% expect to spend less than five years with their first employer.

Law, teaching, health and engineering were the areas with the highest number of students who would stay beyond five years.  

Male students expect to land a job faster, be paid more, graduate with higher marks and work longer hours.  

Male students say they’re prepared to work 50 hours per week while female students say 45. Male students expect to be paid 68,000 dollars per year in their first job after graduating while women expect they will be paid 60,000 dollars.