Tertiary education will help you find a job but won't help you do it

November 15, 2012 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
Most professionals feel a tertiary education did not adequately equip them for the reality of the workforce, according to the latest research from specialist recruitment consultancy Robert Walters.

The Employee Insights Survey asked over 1000 professionals how tertiary education shaped their work life. Over half, at 55%, believe their tertiary education did not adequately equip them for the reality of the workplace.

However, 80% believe it helped them secure employment. Outside of tertiary qualifications 71% believe work experience is the most valuable aspect in securing an entry level role, followed by their network (13%), industry qualifications (11%) and social background (5%).

Michelle Cottrell, Director of Robert Walters Adelaide office adds, "Unfortunately most professionals feel their tertiary education didn't give them the practical skills needed for day to day in the workforce. As a result professionals entering a new role, whether graduate or otherwise, should try to gain as much exposure to the industry as possible through work experience and practical knowledge. Doing so will make them more attractive to a potential employer."

For more information please contact Lillian Hafez on +61 2 8289 3237 or lillian.hafez@robertwalters.com.au.

About Robert Walters
Robert Walters is one of the world's leading global recruitment consultancies, specialising in the placement of permanent, contract and temporary positions across all levels of seniority. Our teams of professional consultants are renowned for their professionalism, integrity and exceptional recruitment consultancy services. Using a flexible approach to recruitment, we are committed to matching client needs to candidate aspirations to create mutual benefit for both. In Australia we have offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Chatswood, Melbourne, Parramatta, Perth and Sydney.