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                                                                                                       “An increase
                                                                                                        in demand
                                                                                                                                        more graduates in 2010 had a
                                                                                                                                        higher number of appropriate
                                                                                                                                        candidates been available
                                                                                                                                        (compared with 21.6 per cent in
                                                                                                                                                                            of international graduates
                                                                                                                                                                            employed may be attributed to
                                                                                                                                                                            the extra number of domestic
                                                                                                                                                                            graduates available for
         Bendigo leads                              Students around Australia took part
                                                    in actions last month demanding
                                                                                                      for the ‘right’                   2009).                              employment. The additional
                                                                                                                                           Overall, 36.3 per cent of
         recycling                                  increased funding to universities.                  graduates”                      employers had trouble sourcing
                                                                                                                                                                            effort and expense involved
                                                                                                                                                                            in recruiting international
         La Trobe is the first organisation         “Students are tired of overcrowded                                                  graduates from a particular         graduates may have been a

         in Victoria to install an Envirobank       classes, subject cuts, course closures,                 here has been an increase   discipline area in 2010, up         deterrent when the option to
         reverse vending machine at its             overworked teachers and a lack                          in the proportion of        from 30.7 per cent in 2009 but      employee a suitably qualified
         Bendigo campus. It might look like         of support staff ”, national NUS                        employers recruiting        down from 53.5 per cent in          domestic graduate was available.
         a regular vending machine but              president, Jesse Marshall said.                         graduates, with 93.7        2008. Business and Economics           For the fourth consecutive
         the Envirobank works in reverse.                                                           per cent of surveyed employers      and Information Technology          year, interpersonal and
         Operated by an LCD touch screen,                                                           recruiting graduates in 2010,       graduates were in especially high
         the Envirobank uses a loyalty card
                                                    Cheap fare denied                               compared with 91.8 per cent in      demand in 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                            communication skills emerged
                                                                                                                                                                            as the most important selection
         system to offer prizes such as             Hundreds of Melbourne University                2009, Graduate Careers Australia       From 2005 until 2008             criterion used in recruiting
         retailer discounts or credits for the      students are ineligible for concession          has found.                          there was steady growth in          graduates.
         Envirobank website in return for           fares on public transport because                  Releasing its Graduate           the proportion of employers            For the second year in row, lack
         empty plastic bottles or cans.             of the new ‘Melbourne Model’ and                Outlook 2010 report, it says        recruiting international
                                                                                                                                                                            of drive, motivation, enthusiasm
                                                    the discounts not being available to            graduate employers appear to be     graduates (from 15.7 per cent
                                                                                                                                                                            and initiative was considered by
                                                                                                    optimistic about the number of      to 35.3 per cent); however this
         Three masters                              postgraduate students.
                                                                                                    graduates to be recruited in the    number dropped sharply by 14.8
                                                                                                                                                                            the majority of employers to be
         degrees                                                                                    future, with a greater proportion   percentage points in 2009 and
                                                                                                                                                                            the least desirable characteristic
         Australia’s official system for            Rural costs high                                of employers anticipating a         declined a further 1.5 percentage
                                                                                                                                                                            in a graduate.
                                                    Rural and regional Victorians are               graduate intake of more than 20                                            A graduate’s employment
         classifying qualifications is expected                                                                                         points in 2010.
                                                                                                    employees in 2011.                     The largest decline in the       history has again topped the
         to change from July 1 to contain           deferring university at almost twice
                                                                                                       There has been an increase in    recruitment of international        list of aspects that employers
         three types of masters degrees: by         the rate of their city cousins, with
                                                                                                    demand for the ‘right’ graduates    graduates was observed in the       consider to be the single most
         coursework, by research and a new          almost a third of those students not
                                                                                                    since 2009, with 27.1 per cent      Government/ Defence/Health          important aspect of a graduate’s
         extended masters.                          entering study, Victorian Government
                                                                                                    of employers indicating that        industries.                         curriculum vitae.
                                                    research as found.
                                                                                                    they would have recruited              The reduction in the number

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