Choosing to study at the University of Southern Queensland was an easy decision for school leaver Kyran Cook.
“For me it was about two key factors – studying a course that I will enjoy and one that has strong employment outcomes,” he said.
Fortunately for Toowoomba student Kyran he could tick both of these factors off his wishlist thanks to his degree of choice being available at a high-performing tertiary institution in his own backyard – the University of Southern Queensland.
The first-year student is studying a Bachelor of Spatial Science majoring in surveying, and has already found a paid internship for the summer holidays.
“I had always enjoyed maths and science and wanted a job that I could be outside, travel the world and do and see things,” he said.
“Despite the COVD-19 pandemic in my first year of study the online teaching has been constant, relevant and as hands-on as possible.
"I've got a paid internship over the summer holidays as an assistant surveyor at the Carmichael Mine in central Queensland.''
In terms of employment outcomes there isn’t any better than the University of Southern Queensland according to latest data from the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020 National Report.
It topped the list of all universities in Australia for undergraduate median starting salary ($70,700).
The data also revealed nearly 80 per cent of USQ students gained full-time employment immediately after completing their university degree.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said the rankings were reflective of the University’s commitment to developing industry-relevant programs and work-ready graduates.
“The flexibility of our offerings enables our students to gain important employment and industry experience as part of their studies, which gives them an advantage when it comes to post-graduation employment,” Professor Mackenzie said.
“As a regional university we have strong links with our communities which enriches the experience of our students as well as provides the workforce of the future for regional areas, which are on a growth trajectory.
“In fact, seven out of 10 students who study at a regional university go on to work in regional areas, driving economic and social development.”
The University of Southern Queensland has campuses in Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich, and works with industry to develop its programs, with many of its degrees such as Education, Nursing, Psychology, Accounting, Law, Engineering and Computer Science accredited by relevant national professional bodies.
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University of Southern Queensland first-year student Kyran Cook.