AUT Graduate Survey

We want you to be successful – both in your studies and in your future career. The AUT Graduate Survey collects feedback from recent graduates on their transition into the workforce and their perceptions of their employability after studying at AUT. This information helps us to offer qualifications that are relevant to the current marketplace, while equipping you with the skills you need to achieve your personal goals.  

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What is the AUT Graduate Survey?

The AUT Graduate Survey provides insight into graduates' initial destinations after completing their qualification at AUT, and their experiences of transition into the workforce.

We ask recent graduates to provide feedback on their:

  • Employment and study status approximately six months after completion
  • Employment destination (e.g., sector and occupation)
  • Employment status in final year of study
  • Perception of benefits of an AUT qualification
  • Perception of their employability after studying at AUT
  • Job search strategies

Who is surveyed?

All students who completed a qualification* at AUT in the calendar year preceding the year of the survey are invited to take part. For the 2016 survey, graduates from 2015 were invited to take part.

If you complete a qualification this year, we will invite you to participate in next year's AUT Graduate Survey. Look out for your email invitation in June.

What happens to the information you supply?

The information collected in the AUT Graduate Survey is used to:

  • Ensure the continuing relevance of our qualifications - that they evolve alongside the changing job market
  • Ensure that AUT qualifications meet our students' personal aspirations, preparing them well for their future career
  • Guide current and former students in their choice of career and programme
  • Determine the value added by AUT qualifications

All feedback is aggregated, so that no individual responses are identifiable. The data are analysed and a comprehensive report is prepared for senior management at AUT, including faculty deans, the University Career Centre and AUT Alumni.

Key results are also made available to the public on this page (see below).

Don’t forget that as an AUT graduate you have on-going access to a wide range of services.

For more information, please visit the AUT Alumni website.

For support with your career and life goals, please visit the AUT Career Services website.

Key results

This section reports the key outcomes of the 2016 AUT Graduate Survey, which surveyed graduates who completed a qualification in 2015.**
  • Employment status: Eighty-four percent of domestic respondents were either in full-time (62%) or part-time (22%) employment in June 2016. 
  • Graduates not in paid employment: Almost half of respondents not in paid employment were attending further study (45%). One in ten respondents (10%) were not engaged in employment or study. Of those respondents who were not working in paid employment, 48% reported they were seeking paid employment, 23% were engaged in voluntary or unpaid work, and 6% were due to start a job within the next month.   
  • Types of work: Of the 62% of respondents who were in full-time employment in June 2016, just over half were working in the private sector (53%), followed by 37% working in the public or government sector and 6% in the not for profit sector. Four out of five respondents (80%) working full-time were employed on permanent appointments.
  • Income: The median annual income for respondents working full-time was $47,000. This is comparable to $45,000-$47,000 median income reported in previous Graduate Surveys.
  • Benefit of qualification: More than two thirds (68%) of domestic graduates working full-time believed that their recent qualification helped them to secure their current job, and 87% felt that their qualification helped to prepare them for their current job.  More than nine in ten graduates (91%) working full time stated that they have applied some or all of the skills and knowledge acquired through their recent qualification in the workplace. Approximately nine in ten graduates working full time reported that they specifically applied the following skills, developed in the course of their qualification, in the workplace: communication skills (86%), problem-solving skills (87%), and critical thinking skills (87%).
  • Benefit of work placement: Of those who had completed work placements, 92% agreed that the work placement had prepared them or enhanced their capability to work in their chosen industry. Close to half of the graduates in full time employment were still working with the organisation where they completed their practical work placement, including 25% who were already working for the organisation, and 22% who secured a job with the organisation following the work placement. A further 13% were offered a job with their placement provider but turned it down.
  • Perception of employability and programme choice: Most graduates (86%) believed their qualification had improved their employability, including 45% who felt that their employability was improved considerably.  Most graduates, when asked if they could do it over again, report being unlikely to choose a different path.  However 35% of domestic graduates indicate they would likely do a different major subject, 32% would do a different qualification, 20% would study at a different institution, and 20% would do something other than tertiary study.
  • Finding employment: Most graduates who were in paid employment in June 2016 had secured a job within 3 months (60%). The top 3 ways job seekers reported looking for jobs were through advertisements on the internet (65%), through family and friends (37%), and by approaching the employer directly (34%). As respondents could report using multiple techniques, these numbers add to more than 100%.

More information

Go to our FAQs section to find out more about how we ensure your confidentiality and use the survey results.

If you have any questions about student surveys conducted at AUT, please send us an email at 

* With the exception of graduates from programmes worth fewer than 60 points and some English language programmes

** Note that the results presented above focused on domestic students and reflect 44% of the 2015 domestic graduate cohort.