Which countries have the best graduate employment rates?

Which countries have the best graduate employment rates?

Whether you've already graduated or you're counting down assignments until you do, finding a job afterwards is as important as your results. Here at Vita Student we have done our research so you don't have to - we've collated the graduate unemployment rates and visa options for the world's most popular cities for international study.

US

4.1%

Graduate unemployment rate

The US may be home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world, but it has one of the worst graduate rates. Some 4.1% of graduates are out of work.

It’s even harder for international students. Due to the US visa system, unless a US-based company sponsors you to work for them, your visa won’t be extended. That may sound easy, but it’s not – employers will hire an American citizen for the role if they can. You only have a few months to find employment too!

If you are studying a medical degree or a science, you may have more luck job hunting in the US. These skills are always in-demand.

UK

3.1%

Graduate unemployment rate

The UK has seen its graduate unemployment rate improve so much so in recent years that it is now at 3.1% and 2.3% for postgraduate qualifications.

With a points-based system, the UK government allows students to stay in the UK to work under one of three visas:

  1. Tier 1 – entrepreneurs, investors, “exceptional talent”
  2. Tier 2 – skilled works from outside the EEA with a job offer
  3. Tier 5 – temporary worker

It's important to research which of the visas within these tiers might be useful for you. If you become a graduate of the large, research-intensive institutions that make up the Russell Group you are the most likely to be employed, with only 1.7% of all graduates unemployed.

 

GERMANY

2.4%

Graduate unemployment rate

Germany has an incredibly impressive graduate unemployment rate, at only 2.4% it’s one of the best in the world, behind only Norway.

Graduates from the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) have free access to the German job market.

As an international student you are allowed to extend your residence permit for up to 18 months after completing your studies for the purpose of looking for employment. Your 18 months start as soon as the final exam result has been issued in writing.

 

FRANCE

5.3%

Graduate unemployment rate

France has one of the worst graduate unemployment rates in the world, with 5.3% of graduates out of work.

You do have an increased chance of finding work if you have some work experience from your home country, and can write, read and speak fluent French. Most likely positions include multinational or major national employers, or as an assistant or language teacher.

However, remember that with unemployment at such a high rate in France, you can only apply for a position in a limited number of fields.

 

AUSTRALIA

3.4%

Graduate unemployment rate

At 3.4%, Australia’s graduate unemployment rate is attractive to many but definitely not the most promising of the top five.

Once you have graduated, your visa will allow you to stay in the country to look for employment. This period of time can range from one to three months, depending on the length of your course and the month in which it ends.

If you’re working under the Working Holiday visa scheme, you’re likely to find temporary, seasonal or casual work fairly easily, as tourism and agriculture are two of the country’s major industries but you can only stay in Australia for up to a year.

However, if you’re looking to settle in Australia long-term for professional and permanent employment, you’ll need to apply through SkillSelect. As this scheme gives priority to people who have skills, qualifications and experience, your chances of success can vary dependent on your degree.

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