This article was written on October 9, 2018 by Tim Dodd.
Australia is among the top countries for international students to secure salary increases once they graduate, according to a newly released report.
The study, from the International Alumni Job Network, found 60 per cent of Australian graduates reported a salary rise when they returned to the workforce, just ahead of New Zealand (59 per cent) and Britain (58 per cent).
Other competitor nations in the English-speaking education market were a step down, with 52 per cent US-educated and Canadian educated international students reporting a salary rise.
Of international students who studied in Europe, 51 per cent reported salary increases.
The survey, conducted during the past two years, had responses from more than 10,000 international student alumni who were heavily weighted towards Australia, Britain and the US.
Asked whether they would recommend others to study in the country they studied in, graduates most strongly favoured Canada and New Zealand, but among the destination countries with large numbers of graduates, Australia stood out as most recommended.
The report, titled Exploring International Student Employment Outcomes and Satisfaction, was produced by IAJN in partnership with Decision Lab.
The survey covered international student alumni originating from China, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
It found that Indian students were least satisfied overall about their education across all destination countries.
It also found that graduates, looking back on their student experience, put highest value on advice from the alumni of universities in countries they were considering studying in. But they had only a small chance of getting this input. The report says that 60 per cent of the surveyed graduates saw information from alumni as most accurate about job opportunities and 57 per cent believed alumni information was most accurate about work rights.
But only 7 per cent used alumni as their main source of information.
Instead, the likeliest main source of information for potential students was their destination university (32 per cent of those surveyed), education agents (27 per cent), family and friends (13 per cent), and education organisation websites (10 per cent). Only 3 per cent reported social media and online forums as their main source of information.
Even though the survey shows that education agents are a major source of pre-departure information for potential students, they are rated as the poorest for information accuracy, being seen as reliable by 44 per cent for job opportunity information and by 47 per cent for work rights information.
IAJN founder Shane Dillon said the research showed “the importance of accurate pre-departure advice for international student expectations and the need to make alumni advice available to future international students to make sure the expectations students are promised is accurate”.
The survey also found that Australia lagged in providing internships to international students, with only 17 per cent of surveyed graduates reporting their university offered an internship program, level with Britain.
In contrast, in New Zealand the figure was 20 per cent, Canada (24 per cent), the US (31 per cent) and Europe (37 per cent).