Students: the business leaders of tomorrowBy Emma Isaacs | Mar 29, 11 09:45 AM
It’s not always smooth sailing for our well-educated younger generation, who need support and career guidance.
Autumn has arrived and with it students are out buying textbooks and notepads, enrolling into classes and making their way into lecture halls and classrooms at universities around Australia. Every year, tens of thousands of students commence university or return to continue their studies.
It’s always refreshing to speak to students – to see and hear the passion, energy and enthusiasm they have for life. It’s somewhat a cliché, but it’s true that the students of today are the business leaders of tomorrow.
But students don’t have it easy. In fact, rising costs of tuition, an increasingly global and competitive job market and a wavering economy have fostered a return of high graduate unemployment rates.
Research from Graduate Careers Australia showed that of female bachelor degree graduates available for employment in 2010, only 76.8% were in full-time employment within four months of completing their degrees. This figure had worsened from 79% in 2009 and 85% in 2008.
Academic institutions prepare students for life in the workplace, yet many lack the resources to assist students getting their first job. Students often report feeling lacking in the skills needed to identify appropriate jobs, prepare an application, interview appropriately and secure a desired role. Students have the energy and drive, but lack resources and the connections and networks to help get their careers started.
It is for this reason that Business Chicks has begun development of a student membership package. We recognise that these young leaders of tomorrow have so much to give and share. Their ideas, energy and willingness to contribute present an opportunity for the Business Chicks community to grow even more vibrant and dynamic. We’ll be sharing more about this in the coming weeks.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. What was it like for you when you finished your school or tertiary studies? How did you get your first job? How did you go about establishing your profile and building your network in the early days?