JCU in top 6 Australia-wide for graduate employment
JAMES Cook University has ranked second among Queensland universities for graduate employment prospects in new data exclusively obtained by News Corp Australia.
The regional university also came in sixth place overall across Australian universities with 75.9 per cent of graduates finding full-time employment within four months of finishing their degrees.
Queensland's worst performer was the University of the Sunshine Coast which had a 59.3 per cent graduate full-time employment rate.
JCU Mackay student Celine Sequere, who will finish the last of her nursing studies on November 19, has already found employment at Mackay Base Hospital.
"JCU is known for their world-class education and … for having a high rate of employment after graduation," Ms Sequere said.
"That's why I chose JCU.
"We're required to do 880 hours of clinical placement in Queensland or wherever in Australia in both regional and rural - not just focusing in one sector but we're able to explore all kinds of health care such as mental health, surgical, theatre, medical and community."
Ms Sequere said apart from a laboratory residential in Townsville during her first year, she had completed the rest of her studies in Mackay with guidance from face-to-face tutorial leaders.
James Cook University vice chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said the rankings confirmed their graduates continued to be in demand.
"To be ranked so highly for full-time graduate employment is a great achievement, and confirms JCU's strong performance in teaching and research," Professor Harding said.
"JCU is the university of north Queensland and we take very seriously our role to educate and train the regions' workforce.
"Our career-focused courses are designed to prepare graduates for the workforce.
"Students graduate job-ready, equipped with the practical skills and confidence required to face the challenges of the future."
The Department of Education survey said regional graduates had fared better during COVID-19 in part because they were likely older, had completed vocational degrees, studied externally and part-time and had maintained "a continuing connection with the labour market".
Only two big-city universities made the top 10 for graduate employment this year with CQUniversity close behind in 11th position.