There is great diversity in the types of graduates coming out of higher education – each graduate is different! Your career needs will vary as you prepare for your career.


Mid-year graduates

People who graduate mid-year often worry that they have missed all available graduate employment positions. While it is true that most graduate positions commence at the beginning of the year, all is not lost.


Many organisations and agencies realise that there are students completing their studies mid-year and make places available for them. Many public sector industries (e.g. health care and government) have graduate positions designed for mid-year graduates. In the private sector, companies also seek quality educated employees throughout the year.


Browse our employer listings, our e-books and online job boards for mid-year intakes. Consider applying for positions even if the timing isn’t right – if you’re qualified for a role and impress the organisation, you may be able to negotiate a starting date!


A number of universities also offer mid-year entry into postgraduate study programs. Further study in your discipline, such as through a graduate certificate or masters, can be beneficial.


Mature age graduates

With a growing number of students either returning to study after long-term employment or simply taking a break after high school before tertiary study, there are more mature age graduates than ever.


As a mature age graduate you may worry about being overlooked for younger candidates in the job market. There are, however, many opportunities for mature age graduates for which you may actually have an edge over your younger counterparts.


Life experience can be an underrated quality. Previous employment, education history and general real world skills may be assets that qualify you over the competition. Compare these qualities with job descriptions and selection criteria; demonstrating how they benefit an organisation is important.


Generalist degree graduates

A generalist degree, usually in science, arts, liberal arts or humanities, may open so many opportunities that it can often leave you uncertain about your career prospects and direction.


Possible career paths for generalist degree graduates cover the spectrum, as skills you gain can be transferable across so many industries and sectors. Many public sector organisations employ generalist degree graduates for their well-rounded academic training. Your university lecturers and faculty advisors may also know of opportunities related to your course.


As a generalist degree graduate you may also want to consider further education such as a graduate diploma or masters program.

Websites like Arts Hub or Screen Hub are great resources for programs appropriate to you.


By Trevor Ianna, Student Advisor, Charles Darwin University Careers & Employment.

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