University grads succeed in the workplace

University grads succeed in the workplace

September 5, 2014


Students collaborate in one of the new Ellis Hall active learning classrooms.

Newly released survey data shows that Ontario university graduates are succeeding in the workplace and using the skills they developed during their studies.

The survey of 2011 graduates, conducted for the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) by an independent research firm, shows that 93 per cent were employed two years after graduation, up from 87.4 per cent six months after graduation. The average salary of a university graduate in full-time employment was $49,398 two years after graduation.

The survey also shows that a university education leads to valuable and relevant skills for the job market, with 88.6 per cent of graduates saying the skills they learned at university are closely or somewhat related to the skills they use on the job two years after graduation.

“We hear a lot of talk about a skills gap, but this survey shows that a university education does an excellent job of preparing students for success in the workplace,” says Jill Scott, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning). “Queen’s is a leader in providing an exceptional student learning experience with an increasing emphasis on transferable skills.”

Supporting the development of transferable skills is one of the aims of both the university’s Academic Plan and the Teaching and Learning Action Plan.

“We want our students to get the most out of their education at Queen’s, and that means ensuring they graduate with the skills and knowledge that will lead to success throughout their careers,” says Dr. Scott. “That’s why we are working to consistently embed learning outcomes directly into course delivery and promoting active and collaborative learning through initiatives like the Ellis Hall project.”

Following a recommendation of the Teaching and Learning Action Plan, Queen’s recently announced the appointment of Peter Wolf as Queen’s inaugural associate vice-provost (teaching and learning), effective Oct. 1. He will direct the Centre for Teaching and Learning and support the implementation of the Teaching and Learning Action Plan.

Enhancing the student learning experience at Queen’s is a strategic driver in the university’s Strategic Framework, and many of Queen’s teaching and learning initiatives are highlighted in its Strategic Mandate Agreement with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.