NUS fresh graduates remain highly competitive, with close to 90 per cent securing employment within six months of their final examinations and starting salaries hitting an all-time high. This was reported in the latest Joint Graduate Employment Survey 2017.
Among fresh graduates from NUS, another 3.6 per cent have either accepted a job offer pending commencement of duty or are actively starting a business venture.
Graduates from 19 courses in particular achieved a higher overall employment rate in 2017 compared to the year before, with Industrial and Systems Engineering, Accountancy, and Environmental Engineering seeing the greatest increase.
Fresh graduates from Dentistry, Accountancy (Honours), and Medicine who had completed their housemanship, attained full employment, while inaugural graduates from the Business Analytics course and Yale-NUS College achieved employment rates of 97.6 per cent and 93.3 per cent, respectively.
The survey also revealed that NUS graduates from 12 courses in Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Science and Law saw an improvement in starting salaries, with those from Business Administration, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Computer Science attaining the biggest jump. The median gross monthly salary of fresh NUS graduates in full-time permanent employment was $3,500 in 2017, which is 2.9 per cent higher than in 2016.
“We are pleased that NUS graduates continue to enjoy high employability and competitive salaries. In fact, the starting salaries of fresh graduates from NUS have been increasing steadily since 2014. We are heartened to know that our graduates have benefitted from the robust and transformative education offered by NUS and are doing well in the job market. We will continue to enhance our curriculum offerings and work closely with industry partners to meet Singapore’s evolving talent needs,” said Professor Ho Teck Hua, NUS Senior Deputy President and Provost.
Prof Ho added that the University’s emphasis in recent years on career preparation and equipping students with workplace skills has contributed to the enhanced employability of NUS graduates, and that NUS will continue to focus on cultivating an enriching, lifelong community of learning to support students throughout their working life.