With graduate unemployment currently at a 22-year high and some courses at some Australian universities experiencing a graduate unemployment rate of more than 80%, at least 1 in every 4 graduates cannot find work for a minimum of 4 months. A new online service, Kampus, aims to tackle this growing epidemic.
New graduates often complain they can’t get a decent job in their chosen field because they don’t have experience. Employers on the other hand don’t want to pay top dollar to reach and train these newcomers to the work scene.
While universities do have systems for connecting employers to potential work experience candidates, it can be a laborious process and hit-and-miss for employers to approach each university in turn and cherry-pick candidates.
Enter Kampus, the brainchild of Adam Troyn, a UniSA Business School postgraduate student who incubated the idea for his online startup at Flinders University’s Venture Dorm program.
Mr Troyn had experienced the struggle and frustration of finding career-relevant work when he was a student himself studying a Bachelor of Media Arts at University of South Australia.
“It’s easy enough to get temporary retail or bar work, but what students really want is practical experience to prepare them for real work in their chosen profession,” Mr Troyn said. “The best time to do this is before graduation. Everyone knows that to get experience, you need to get a job. But to get that job, you need experience.”
Kampus.com.au is an independent service that simplifies the process for employers who no longer need to register on multiple university sites. Start-ups and small businesses can create a profile on Kampus and post work opportunities specifically suited to students, while students can also create a profile and search for opportunities that are relevant and practical.
Mr Troyn is the current manager of the eNVIsion incubator space at Flinders University’s New Venture Institute, where he interacts with students and start-ups on a daily basis.
“Using Kampus, students are more likely to learn and apply their knowledge in a practical sense with start-ups and smaller businesses than in large companies where their knowledge and abilities are often restricted to such an extent that they hardly use what they learned in the years of their degree,” Mr Troyn said.
"Start-ups and small businesses are the backbone of Australia's economy. Students should focus on helping out in this important sector before going out to work for the big corporates."
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Kampus is an online student community platform which enables local businesses and organisations to source local students.
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