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Year 12s pursuing their passions, but with a purpose

25 Jul 2023

BEING on campus studying something they love and securing employment after completing their studies were the main themes from students who entered university in 2023, according to a new report from the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

The Student Lifestyle Report 2023 shows the importance of pursuing their passions, but with solid job prospects at the end, for students when choosing a course.

While the subject matter was the top reason (83 per cent of respondents, compared to 81 per cent last year), employment outcomes increased by 12 per cent to 56 per cent this year.

‘Making sure they have the skills that make them employable is clearly a concern for students as well as government and employer groups,’ said Kim Paino, General Manager, Marketing and Engagement, UAC.

“But it’s great to see that interest in the course remains as their number one focus, as that’s such a crucial foundation for success in any field.”

The location and proximity of uni to where they live was also a top consideration for respondents choosing a course, with 60 per cent preferring to study on campus.

UAC surveyed more than 14,000 students. They have navigated the pandemic and begun their tertiary education against a backdrop of mounting cost-of-living pressures, rapid technology transformation and continuing global tensions, and they’re looking for connection with others, a passion for what they’re studying and a clear direction for their future.

For more insights about the concerns, motivations and hopes of our next generation of leaders, download the UAC Student Lifestyle Report 2023.