Each year approximately 80 per cent of our international graduates return to their home country seeking graduate positions. Start your recruitment early: get the top graduates for your organisation.
We have highlighted some key recruitment information below as a guide for employers looking for RMIT international students and graduates.
Four myths and facts about employing international students
Myth 1: “It costs too much to hire international students because they need to be sponsored.”
Fact: In some instances, yes, graduate students may need to be sponsored. However, in many cases, graduates are able to sponsor themselves through the Skilled Graduate visa, entitling them to work full-time in Australia within their recognised field of expertise for up to 18 months. Within this time, they are eligible to apply for permanent residency, creating opportunities for continued employment.
Myth 2: “There will be a language barrier because their English isn’t good enough.”
Fact: In order to be able to work in Australia under the Skilled Graduate or Skilled Migrant visa schemes, international graduates will need to demonstrate English language competence. To demonstrate this competence, international students must meet a minimum score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
This, combined with their experience speaking and writing English while studying in Australia means that most international students are ready for the workforce.
Myth 3: “International employees do not blend well in the workplace because they do not understand Australian culture and business practices.”
Fact: International students spend many years studying and living in Australia, making them confident and comfortable with Australian culture. This understanding, combined with their diverse backgrounds adds great value to Australia’s already unique multicultural workplace.
Myth 4: “Most international students do not possess the required skills.”
Fact: International students are highly educated in their fields, with a large percentage holding postgraduate or higher degrees. Their specialised expertise, maturity and multilingual skills make them uniquely qualified to work in a variety of Australian industries.
International student enrolments
These are approximate numbers of international students studying at RMIT in Australia from over 50 countries. Please note that not all countries are listed.
Approximate number in 2015