STEMpede into jobs - you wish!

9 August 2016

A new report from the Grattan Institute found that far from being in high demand, only 51% of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths graduates secured full-time positions within four months of graduating. However, the report's conclusion that STEM students should reconsider has been rejected, including by Professional Scientists Australia (PSA).

According to PSA chief executive officer Chris Walton, STEM graduates need to be equipped with the right mix of technical and non-technical skills that include management, leadership, entrepreneurial, business, operational, marketing and commercialisation skills.

But employers must also start recognising how STEM graduates can benefit their business.

"Employers need to recognise the contribution that STEM professionals can make to organisational effectiveness and the bottom line. The right mix of skills will define Australia’s innovation capability into the future. We must strengthen our STEM skills base and position the STEM workforce for driving innovation."

The Grattan Institute's findings in a nutshell: