UCT graduates ‘highly sought after’

13 May 2019 | Story Niémah Davids. Photo Je’nine May. Read time 3 min.
The QS Graduate Employability Rankings positions UCT as the top-performing university in Africa in terms of employment, and 18th in the world.
The QS Graduate Employability Rankings positions UCT as the top-performing university in Africa in terms of employment, and 18th in the world.

More than 50% of the University of Cape Townʼs (UCT) 2018–2019 graduate cohort are employed in South Africa’s private sector, with over 20% earning more than R20 000 a month.

This emerged from the latest Graduate Exit Survey conducted by the Careers Service unit in the Centre for Higher Education and Development (CHED), confirming the fact that UCT graduates are highly ranked in terms of their employability.

The 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings support the statistics, with UCT ranked top in Africa and 18th in the world for graduate employment.

A total of 4 791 students responded to the survey during the June 2018 to April 2019 graduation season. The private sector emerged as the leading employer of 53.46% of graduates, with 19.71% employed in the public sector, and 6.01% by non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

 

“The results this year show that UCT graduates remain highly sought after.”

In respect of their monthly earnings, the research indicated that 23.39% of students earn between R20 000 and R30 000, 16.14% earn between R15 001 and R20 000, and 5.21% between R5 001 and R7 000.

Graduate Exit Survey
The latest Graduate Exit Survey, conducted by the Careers Service unit in the Centre for Higher Education and Development (CHED), confirms that UCT graduates are highly ranked in terms of their employability.

Developing strategic partnerships

Nawaal Boolay, Careers Service acting director, said the annual survey results help them enhance their service offering to students, and also assist in the development of partnerships with potential employers with a view to increasing the number of employed students.

“The results this year show that UCT graduates remain highly sought after,” she said.

Around 80% of UCT’s class of 2018 are “meaningfully occupied”. Of these, 44.48% are employed, 30.78% are studying further and 3.75% are self-employed.

Survey results reveal the Faculty of Health Sciences as the top performing faculty in terms of graduate employability, with 69.94% of all medical students employed at the time of the survey. Close behind was the Faculty of Law, with 63.39% of students employed.

Only 10.71% of UCT’s 2018 graduates are still seeking employment.

“We continue to support these graduates through our online job portal, [one-on-one] career consultations, job expos and career development workshops.

“Graduates have access to our service for up to three years after graduating,” she said.


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Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO)

 

The Students' Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO) runs various health and education programmes. Approximately 2 000 UCT students are involved.

The community partnership and social entrepreneurship programmes, that address inequality, are managed by 32 full-time and 5 part-time professional staff.

Operating in the Western and Eastern Cape, the health programme provides primary healthcare to 5 000 adults and children (annually) close to their homes, with fully equipped mobile clinics.

The education programme gives academic support and homework assistance to 1 300 learners weekly with structured education projects that help improve the academic ability of learners.

 

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