Bond University is once again Australia’s top-ranked university for producing graduates that employers want to hire.
The Federal Government’s 2019 Employer Satisfaction Survey results were released last week, placing Bond at No.1 for the second successive year.
Graduates of the private, not-for-profit university received a 94.6 per cent overall satisfaction score from employers, with their foundation, collaborative and technical skills rating over 96 per cent.
Bond beat out theological college the University of Divinity, the Australian Catholic University, and the University of Wollongong to take out the top spot across the 41 universities surveyed.
Kirsty Mitchell, Director of Bond University’s Career Development Centre, said employers were seeing the benefits of Bond’s investment in employability development for every student.
“All of our undergraduate students are required to do Beyond Bond, our employability development program,” Ms Mitchell said.
“It’s a compulsory activity before you graduate and it’s not just one single thing -- it’s a continued program of diversity of activity, reflection, repeat.
“We’ve been doing that for six years and it’s something no-one else in the sector is doing.”
Ms Mitchell said employers routinely sought out Bond graduates “because they’re the right fit, the right culture.
“They take our interns, they take our graduates, they see us as a gold standard for talent.
“What Beyond Bond does is it provides students with this range of opportunities to explore and experiment, and develop skills and confidence, not just academically but professionally.
“And they can turn that into real benefits for an employer very quickly, once they start.”
The Overall satisfaction rankings combined result from the 2017, 2018 and 2019 surveys.
The survey canvased employer satisfaction at graduates’ abilities across a range of skill indicators including general literacy, numeracy and communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills, application of professional and technical knowledge and standards, and the ability to perform and innovate in the workplace.