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Jul 2019

Companies defend charging $1000 for unpaid internships

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Students and graduates are forking out $1000 to undertake unpaid internships with a one in 64 success rate of picking up a full-time job and which don’t even take place at the company’s office. But the firms involved insist they are simply providing the training universities have failed to deliver to prepare technology, business and …

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Jul 2019

Employer to face court for alleged unlawful unpaid work experience

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A Brisbane labour hire business will face court for allegedly underpaying 10 employees more than $14,000 through an unlawful unpaid work experience program. The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced litigation in the Federal Court against Workforce Solutions (QLD) Pty Ltd, based in Archerfield, and its general manager Mathew Micallef. It is alleged that Workforce Solutions supplied 10 workers, …

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Jul 2019

University students taking longer to finish degrees, many fail to find work quickly: reports

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Students are taking longer than ever to complete their degrees, according to new figures, and 30 per cent are failing to gain work within four months after graduating. The Federal Government has released new data that reveals only two-thirds of students are completing their degrees within six years. The number of students gaining employment in …

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Nov 2017

Uni offers 2017: One-third of Australian students won’t graduate within six years

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A third of the thousands of Australian university students will not complete their degree within six years, new data has revealed. The research shows that even nine years after the 2006 cohort began their studies, only 73.5 per cent of students had completed a course....

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Oct 2017

Paths to peaks: Earn and learn worked for design student

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Her grade point average of 3.5 out of 4 easily qualifies her for courses at local universities. Yet for visual communication diploma holder Vivien Ong, a degree can wait. For more than a year now, the 23-year-old has been crafting visual designs for clients as a designer with digital creative agency Sapient-Razorfish, which taps technology such as data and artificial intelligence to help brands better reach out to their customers....

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Oct 2017

You end up behind a bar’: 22 graduates fighting for every job

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Alicia Keir is in her final year of a teaching degree and expects that it will take about two years to find a full-time job once she graduates, but is worried it could take much longer. "I know people who go up to seven years without finding a permanent position," said Ms Keir, 26, who is studying primary education at the University of Newcastle and lives in Sydney's south-west...

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Oct 2017

International students to face tougher English standards from next year

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The Turnbull government will next year roll out changes to the way international students are trained in the English language. International students will have to pass an English language test under new standards to be introduced in 2018. Over 150,000 international students who come to Australia next year will have to pass this new test to prove their English proficiency.

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Oct 2017

Five young job seekers competing for every entry-level job

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Since leaving school in year 11, Zak Pawliw, 21, has been studying website design at TAFE and is facing tough competition in trying to get his first job. "It's a very competitive industry," he says. "I don't have any work experience so it's been hard." So far, he has not received any replies to his applications for about 20 jobs and internships this year.