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Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Australian universities viewed well on resumes

What’s the best university name in the world to put on your resume?

Australian universities

You could have an Australian university on your resume!

You may have guessed the likes of Harvard or MIT—and you’re right, but there are Australian universities ranked very highly on that list as well!

The Graduate Employability Rankings, based on the views of 42,000 employers, shows the universities most likely to impress graduate recruiters. Produced by the QS group that also publishes the annual World University Rankings, this table demonstrates that students are considering future job prospects as well as academic achievement. While many of the world’s top universities produce high-achieving graduates every year, employers frequently express concerns that academic institutions aren’t doing enough to prepare their students for the world of work.

In the rankings survey, employers were asked where they recruit their most “competent, innovative and effective” graduates. The rankings also take into account employment statistics for former students, where graduates in top jobs studied and the range of partnerships between universities and employers.

The Aussie unis listed below are part of a wider trend which sees Australian universities perform particularly well for graduate employability.

Canadian and Australian universities in the top 100 for employability


Think you might like to learn more about your study options? Come to one of our Study in Australia Fairs! OzTREKK and our Australian university partners are on tour across Canada, Sept. 17–28. Find out where we’ll be next by checking out our Events page!

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Sydney shows how to highlight your science skills on your resume

The University of Sydney Faculty of Science wants to help students prepare for a career in science, and have prepared helpful tips ranging from choosing a degree to building a portfolio. The University of Sydney has compiled some information for science graduates to demonstrate the best ways to highlight your science skills on your resume.

Skills? What skills?

When you look for employment, the knowledge you have gained in your science degree will obviously be very important. You may not realize it, but the learning you do in your lectures, the pracs you do in your labs, and the assessments that you juggle with your social life and part-time job all contribute to the development of both generic and specialist skills.

You’ll need to show you have skills in areas outside of your science degree subjects—skills that apply to your whole life, not just your studies or your career.

Knowing what skills you have and how you got those skills will help you write your CV and “sell” yourself in an interview.

Employers are saying they want uni science graduates who can communicate well, who  can work effectively with a team, who are independent and motivated—basically a whole range of skills.

The Skill Groups

Skills can be broken down into the following groups:

  • Research and inquiry: analyzing information, thinking critically, solving problems, disseminating (communicating) what you have found out
  • Communication and interpersonal: oral, written and non-verbal; teamwork, leadership and networking
  • Information literacy: knowing when there is a need for information, being able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use and cite the information; ability to use IT
  • Personal and intellectual autonomy: self-management, learning independently and setting goals
  • Ethical, social and professional understanding: knowing your role as a professional scientist, your personal identity and ethics

Articulate Your Skills

Try to think of the science-based skills you already possess and how you obtained and developed those skills (e.g., maybe you developed your leadership skills through leading a group assessment or through coaching a sporting team). In job interviews, you will be expected to provide examples of how you have displayed particular skills. Prepare yourself by having some examples up your sleeve!

For specialist skills, this largely depends on what kind of work you intend to pursue. One way to find out what kind of skills are needed for particular professions is to ask your lecturers, tutors and lab demonstrators. You can also use a job search engine to search for job advertisements in that profession. Job ads usually list the kind of skills that you need to possess in order to be considered for that position.

Once you know what kind of specialist skills you need to improve or obtain, you can work toward it. The main thing is to find out what skills you need, and then find ways to develop those skills! For example, maybe you are looking at a career in microscopy. You might find that advertised positions in this profession require you to be experienced in specimen preparation. To develop your skills in that area, you could take a subject that focuses on specimen preparation. You could also chat to staff in the university who might have advice on how to develop your skills in that area or be willing to coach you to develop that skill.

Getting Experience

While you can get a lot of good experience at university, through your lectures, tutorials and labs, employers are looking for experience that comes from outside the classroom as well. Good marks will get you only so far. To really stand out to a potential employer, you’ll need experience.

Get involved in extracurricular activities, like sporting teams, clubs and societies, volunteering, casual work, bands, drama. Anything that develops you as a person is also good experience for your future career in the science industry.


Find out more about natural sciences at the University of Sydney—stay tuned for more follow-up blogs about career preparation, how to build a science graduate portfolio, and how to prepare job applications!

See our previous blogs “Degree in science? University of Sydney outlines your career options” and “Science degree? Find out what employers want in a science graduate.”

Find out how you can study science at the University of Sydney. Contact OzTREKK for more information about science programs at Australian universities and about how OzTREKK can help you to study in Australia.