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Education not enough for overseas students

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A Melbourne University investigation into the career paths of overseas graduates in Australia has found that educational qualifications alone are not sufficient to secure jobs. Language and social skills were also key to attaining positions. Conducted for the Federal Government, the study found English proficiency and work experience were two factors graduates had to consider as part of their employment readiness. "What employers and what students are telling us becomes important in this whole equation is the student's own work experience, how well rounded they are in terms of their personality and how they fit into the workplace," said study author Sophie Arkoudis, from Melbourne University's Centre for the Study of Higher Learning."Employers then really emphasise that they wanted students with strong professional specific skills as well." Arkoudis says while most international students have no trouble integrating, they often find it difficult to find work experience opportunities compared with local students.

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