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UNSW students Recognised as being the most employable

A record 37 UNSW Sydney students were listed in the Top100 Future Leaders Competition.

UNSW Sydney has been recognised for the employability of its students in the Top100 Future Leaders Competition 2021 for the second year in a row, with a record-breaking 37 students named as most employable students. It’s the highest number of students to be selected from one institution since the inception of the awards in 2014.

The Top100 Future Leaders Competition, jointly hosted by GradConnection and The Australian Financial Review, aims to identify the top emerging talent from Australia’s university students. Students took part in a highly competitive process, including psychometric testing, video interviews and participation in an assessment event with top employers.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Merlin Crossley was thrilled with the results and congratulated the UNSW students who made the list.

“It’s wonderful to see so many of our top students recognised last night. UNSW values and continues to promote industry engagement and work-integrated learning opportunities. We are proud to offer students many opportunities to undertake programs that further develop their skills and work experience.

“It’s an honour for UNSW to be recognised as the university with the most employable students for two consecutive years. This follows UNSW being recognised for having post-graduate students receiving the highest starting salaries in Australia, and our high employment rates for both post-graduate and undergraduate students in the recent graduate outcomes surveys.”

Two of the UNSW students in the Top 100 were also category winners for highly competitive employer awards, including Bachelor of Information Systems (Hons) student Jessica Lawson who won the Coles IT Top100 Future Leader Award, and Bachelor of Commerce/Law student Alexandra Zoras who won the Ashurst Law Top100 Future Leader Award.

Ms Lawson is part of the UNSW Co-op Scholarship program, which enables her to have three six-month internships with sponsors over her degree. Her first internship last year was with global pharmaceutical company Merck Sharp & Dohme. She is currently in an internship with Westpac ISG.

“The UNSW Co-op Scholarship program has provided me with wonderful opportunities. I feel really fortunate to have been given the chance to have internships and look forward to learning as much as I can in the remaining two years of my degrees,” Ms Lawson said.

Ms Zoras works as paralegal in a litigious Commercial Disputes team while completing her Bachelor of Commerce / Law. She is acting Co-President of the UNSW Law Society.