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The results of this survey became available in July and relate to students who completed their course at the end of 2008 and graduated in 2009. The survey itself has two components: the Graduate Destination Survey (GDS) and Course Evaluation Questionnaire (CEQ). The former asks about graduates' current employment and further study; the latter asks about their learning experience whilst at university.
Briefly, the GDS showed that after steady improvement in the rate of employment between 2005 and 2008, Deakin's employment rate fell in 2009. There was a similar trend in Victoria and nationally, but despite excellent outcomes in areas such as Nursing, Architecture, Engineering, Education and Commerce, Deakin's fall was slightly greater.
Deakin has always been committed to actively and creatively assisting its graduates to secure employment in their chosen fields and the following initiatives are designed to achieve this and improve our GDS results:
Work Integrated Learning - Associate Professor Dineli Mather has been appointed as the University's Director of Work Integrated Learning (WIL). This is the first appointment of its kind and will energise and coordinate the programs Deakin offers to enhance students' employment related skills by providing them with work related experience during their course.
Careers and Employment - The Careers and Employment team within the Division of Student Life are redoubling their efforts to prepare our students for work and promote them to prospective employers. Further information about their activities is set out below.
Postgraduate Study and Scholarships - A new postgraduate study and scholarships site is being developed to provide information about the opportunities that exist for undertaking further study after your initial Deakin degree has been completed.
The CEQ results were very pleasing, continuing the trend of steady improvement that has occurred since 2005. Furthermore, Deakin improved its comparative rankings against its bench marking partners (moving from 4th, 3rd and 2nd position in the three categories in the CEQ in 2008 to 2nd place in all three categories in 2009) and its overall national rankings. Nevertheless, University is continuing to focus attention on improving its teaching and the student learning experience and we anticipate further improvement in the future.
Deakin's Careers and Employment team offer the following to all students at each Campus:
1. Help with job applications: you can -
2. Experience to boost your employability: you can -
3. Jobshop - Your interface with employers
The Jobshop offers an online jobs notice board and stages careers and jobs fairs on campus enabling you to find out which employers are recruiting and speak to them directly. Jobshop provides -
To gain the full benefit of these services, please register with Jobshop.
4. Career mentoring and information interviewing
Final year and postgraduate students can find out more about their intended career and boost their employment prospects by connecting with one of Deakin's Alumni.
5. Jobs, Work Experience and Volunteer Fairs
Held for the first time in August 2010 on the Melbourne Campus at Burwood, the Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds and the Warrnambool Campus, these Fairs provided you with a great opportunity to build your skills and connect you to employers and local communities. Over 120 organisations and 2300 attended this year's events.
6. "Interview Gold" coming soon
Coming online in Trimester 3 2010, Interview Gold is an online interview simulation tool that allows you to practice your interview skills and access expert tutorial help. Keep an eye on the Careers section of this site at for further news.