ASG Higher Education Student Survey: a degree of uncertainty

by User Not Found | May 18, 2016

As the half way mark of the year approaches this means university students are gearing up for their end of semester one exams.

But as they study their nights away and submit assignments just on deadline, how sure are they about their careers and what their future looks like? 

ASG recently surveyed almost 1000 higher education students and found there’s quite a degree of uncertainly.

The ASG Higher Education Student Survey found one in six students believe they won’t find a job in their chosen career once they leave university and one in three undergraduates have no idea of the career they want to pursue after their studies.

The cost of higher education is another major factor which contributes to students’ uncertainty.

Fifty six per cent of students confirmed they were either concerned or very concerned about being able to financially cover their course and living expenses.

The ASG Student Survey discovered nearly six out of 10 students rely on their parents for financial support while studying and revealed nearly three quarters of students undertake paid work to make ends meet while studying.

For the last two and a half years Jaimee Young has been studying visual arts at the University of South Australia, but she’s still unsure about what she will do when she finishes.

“The degree I’ve done has prepared me for a job as a professional artist but that’s not really what I want to do. It is a very broad course and really offers no career path outside of being a practising artist.

I want to work in the arts industry but probably more in production or costuming than actually performing. However to do this I would need to do more study or work as a volunteer in the industry for some time,” said Jaimee.

The survey also revealed fee deregulation would make seventy five per cent of students think twice about continuing their higher education studies.

ASG CEO John Velegrinis says the survey proves students are grappling with a range of issues and they need to adapt to a flexible job market.

"Traditional pathways are changing, so just because they may complete a pharmacy or an accounting degree doesn't mean they will work as a pharmacist or an accountant. Students will need to think more laterally and take what they have learnt and adapt it to different careers.

"It is concerning that the cost of pursuing higher education and could stop some students gaining the vital skills and knowledge they need to excel, because young people are the key to nation building and driving our economy forward.”

See related media coverage:

EducationHQ: Survey reveals a degree of uncertainty around university study

The Examiner: Consider the young and not so carefree

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