Volume 93, Issue 2

Friday, May 21, 1999


Tuition grabs attention of election platforms

Movies on the Wave's menu

First-year concerns plague dissolved council

Structural face-lift for campus bars in the works

Recent study says future looks bright for university grads

Mail-in ballot to determine negotations

Agriculture a trend out West but lags in Eastern Canada



Caught on campus

Recent study says future looks bright for university grads

By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

The job market is looking up for university graduates, according to a recent study by the Council of Ontario Universities.

The Ontario University Graduate Survey, which was conducted in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and Training, revealed 96.7 per cent of students who graduated in 1995-96 are now employed.

Arnice Cadieux, executive director of public affairs of the COU, said the results were pleasing but not necessarily surprising. "The finding is certainly a wonderful starting point," she said. "It's very positive for our students and our grads and it's no surprise."

Cadieux, however, was surprised by the over 50 per cent response rate. "The survey was mailed to over 50,000 graduates and over 25,000 surveys were completed." She added the study's results help potential post-secondary students realize how valuable a university degree can be.

Ken Snowdon, VP-policy and analysis at COU, agreed with Cadieux and said the survey provides what students need to hear.

The high response rate of the survey was due to the fact university graduates were enthusiastic to share their success, Snowdon added.

Sharon Lee, co-ordinator of employment services at Western's Student Development Centre, however, was somewhat surprised about the survey's results. "That number seems really high to us," she said.

Lee explained the SDC conducts its own survey and compared to the COU survey, the response rate the SDC receives is considerably low. Lee added she does not hear from graduate students because they are often still in school and employment does not yet interest them.

According to Lee, these statistics are not always a good indicator of accurate employment figures. "It's hard to reflect sometimes with these surveys."

Lee explained the SDC has their own on-campus recruiting program, which is commonly used by graduates out of work. Even still, the success rate for job placement is not concrete. "We have a job listing service. But again, we don't get a lot of feedback."

Odete Patrocinio, a second-year media information and technoculture student agreed not all employment statistics are realistic. "Even though you may have a job, you might not work in your own field – so I don't trust those figures."

Roma Harris, Registrar at Western, re-iterated Cadieux and Snowdon's positive tone. "We are delighted about the results. It re-inforces the message a university education broadens the mind and that university grads are a good bet for employment."

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