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App to link up employability and uni outcomes

A new app is hoping to guide international students on employability prospects as they select their universities.

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It offers universities high-quality employability data to differentiate institutions and attract ambitious, career-focused students

The alsocan app, developed by Asia Careers Group SDN BHD, is designed to “take the guess work out” of identifying which universities have the best track record of placing students with leading employers.

“Young people know the companies and brands they want to work for,” founder of Asia Careers Group SDN BHD, Louise Nicol, said.

“What they need to know ahead of applying to a university is whether the specific university degree is likely to secure them their dream job. With alsocan we provide answer.”

The app, developed over three years, seeks to meet student demand for information on the return on their investment of their higher education. For universities, it offers high-quality employability data to differentiate their institution and attract ambitious, career-focused students, the team behind the app added.

“Students and their parents/advisers want to know that a university degree is worth the money they are paying,” Nicol continued.

“Good universities want to provide hard evidence of meeting employer needs and student career ambitions”

“Good universities want to be able to provide hard evidence that they are meeting employer needs and student career ambitions. The purpose of alsocan is to replace hype and guesswork with data that meets the needs of both sides.”

Asia Careers Group has amassed a graduate data set of over 100,000 individual data points that sit behind the application. It will initially cover UK and Australian universities, with Canada, Ireland and the wider EU, New Zealand and the US set to be added in the next two years.

The data will allow students to identify universities that have placed graduates at employers they are interested in working for.

“Alternatively, students selects universities they are interested in and the application will let them know the leading graduate destinations for each institution. The student can then see if the employers match their career aspirations,” Nicol added.

All Australian universities and more than 50 UK universities are presently hosted on the app, with institutional partners highlighted as recommended to prospective students.

Partner universities also receive reports on their own international graduate outcomes benchmarked against the whole sample.

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