The International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) ran an internal Graduate Employment Survey at the November Graduation ceremony. The aim was to determine whether ICMS students were graduating with a job and the results confirmed the higher education institute’s reputation of producing highly sort after career-ready graduates.
Of the 260 graduating cohort, 140 students participated. Only students who were part of the labour force (wanted to be employed) took part.
Graduates who are engaged in or available for work (in the labour force) filled out the internal survey with the following outcomes:
* 100% of ICMS international graduates have a job*
* 100% of ICMS graduates have a job or had a job within six months of graduation*
* 98% of ICMS graduates have a job*
“ICMS puts a lot of focus and effort towards ensuring our students are career-ready. Industry-leading initiatives such as our Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program place students in internships as part of their degree, and this is often where networking and connections enable ICMS students to graduate with a job in their field,” ICMS CEO and President Rowan Courtney-O’Connor said.
“These statistics confirm to us what we already know: that a higher education at ICMS means students are highly likely to be #alreadyhired before they graduate. From the moment a student enrols, we support them on their journey towards personal and professional success. The feedback from the survey really underlines that at ICMS, each individual student matters and they graduate having already started on their career path.”
The statistic highlights the great job market in Australia and graduates having already had a job before they finish their studies points to the reality that ICMS’ flexible timetabling and study modes allows for, and encourages, students to work part-time while studying.
This can be in addition to the mandatory, minimum 600 hour internships that form a part of each degree on offer, and it can also be a way for students – including international students – to earn an income while studying.
“Working while studying is optional but industry connections made and the work experience on a student’s CV before they graduate is invaluable, and certainly contributes to the high graduate employment statistics evident within our student community,” Courtney-O’Connor said.
This has been the experience of international graduate Wiranpatchara (Sandy) Wongchanapai, from Thailand, and current ICMS international student Dhairyaraj Jhala.
“It’s often difficult for international students to find professional careers in overseas countries, especially in Australia. ICMS has put me in a place where everything is possible,” Wongchanapai said. She is currently employed in Australia as a graphic designer and marketing co-ordinator.
“I have found that ICMS is not just a place for studying or working. It is where everyone gathers to help each other succeed in their dream goals.”
Jhala is working as a front desk associate at the Crown Sydney, a five-star luxury hotel based in Barangaroo, while completing his ICMS Master of Management (Tourism & Hospitality).
“I can study and work at the same time because I set my availability with my manager depending on when my classes are, and they are very understanding of this,” he said.
“I have also been in touch with many alumni about their experiences finding work during and once they have completed their studies. I am pleased to share that from their experience they have either been hired by the company they interned at or, because of their experience of working at this prestigious ICMS industry partner, that their experience made for an impressive CV when seeking a job elsewhere.”
*Graduates who are engaged in or available for work (in the workforce) and want to work. Those that stated they did not want a job were excluded from the results. Internal November Graduate Survey 2022
For more on ICMS Facts and Rankings, click here.