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Life in the "real World": a Profile of Queensland University of Technology Library and Information Science Graduates

By Tracey Powell and Helen Partridge


A graduate destination survey can provide a snap shot in time of a graduate’s career progression and outcome. This paper will present the results of a Queensland University of Technology study exploring the employment outcomes of students who had completed a library and information science course from the Faculty of Information Technology between 2000 and 2008. Seventy-four graduates completed an online questionnaire administered in July 2009. The study found that 90% of the graduates surveyed were working and living in Queensland, with over three quarters living and working in Brisbane. Nearly 70% were working full-time, while only 1.4% indicating that they were unemployed and looking for work. Over 80% of the graduates identified themselves as working in “librarianship”. This study is the first step in understanding the progression and destination of QUT’s library and information science graduates. It is recommended that this survey becomes an ongoing initiative so that the results can be analysed and compared over time

Topics: Information Science & Library Science, Information Science & Library Science, INFORMATION SCIENCE & LIBRARY SCIENCE, 3309 Library and Information Sciences
Publisher: 'Informa UK Limited'
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1080/00048623.2010.10721449
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