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Your ATAR isn’t the only thing universities are looking at

Sarah Pilcher, Victoria University and Kate Torii, Victoria University Only a quarter of undergraduate university admissions for domestic students are made on the basis of an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank), according to a new discussion paper from Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute. The paper highlights a growing disconnect between the role the ATAR plays in …

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Dear students, what you post can wreck your life

Thao Nelson, Indiana University Dear Student, Harvard recently rescinded admission offers for some incoming freshmen who participated in a private Facebook group sharing offensive memes. The incident has sparked a lot of discussion: Was Harvard’s decision justified? What about the First Amendment? Do young people know the dangers of social media? I’m a business school …

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Higher education fees are rising – so is it still worthwhile enrolling?

Ittima Cherastidtham, Grattan Institute The government has announced a plan to increase university fees. Most bachelor degree students starting in 2018 would pay, depending on discipline, between A$700 to A$1,700 more than now. The prospect of higher fees raises concerns about whether higher education is still worthwhile. With subdued job growth since the global financial …

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Skin deep: should Australia consider name-blind resumes?

Usman W. Chohan, UNSW Ashley, Ashton, Ashish and Ashanti are four incredibly talented people with outstanding resumes. A copy of each is sitting on your desk, and you can’t help but notice that the four resumes are completely identical! So do they have an identical chance of getting hired by you? An interesting parliamentary debate …

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Career studies and advice: start early or don’t start at all

Natal’ya Galliott, Macquarie University The unemployment rate for 15 to 19-year-olds is currently 20.1% in Australia. This is over three times the national rate of 6.3% and almost double the unemployment rate of this age group during the first year of the Global Financial Crisis, 10.7%. This means that one in five young people is …

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Australia must prepare for massive job losses due to automation

David Tuffley, Griffith University Australia faces some tough policy decisions to reshape its economy and prepare for an uncertain future, with predictions that up to five million jobs are likely to be automated by 2030, according to Australia’s Future Workforce report released today by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). The researchers were …

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