Supporting International Graduates in the Workplace

A significant but growing minority of Australia-educated international graduates show signs of economic disadvantage in the Australian workforce, despite their Australian qualifications. While these students have gained their degrees in Australia, my research shows they are less successful in finding work in their chosen profession relative to students from English-speaking countries and Australia-born graduates. The largest disadvantage occurs for students born in India and China who are aged in their 20s.

They face discrimination from employers who exclude considering them for roles, presuming that their English language skills are poor, or that their cultural differences would make them a poor organisational fit. This is not aligned with evidence showing that cultural diversity enriches workplaces

Woman working at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sydney
Woman at work

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Equality of Educational Opportunity

James Coleman’s classic sociology study on the structural inequalities of the American education system has an ongoing influence in academia and in public discussions.

“One implication stands out above all: That schools bring little influence to bear on a child’s achievement that is independent of his background and general social context; and that this very lack of an independent effect means that the inequalities imposed on children by their home, neighbourhood, and peer environment are carried along to become the inequalities with which they confront adult life at the end of school.” 

One implication stands out above all: That schools bring little influence to bear on a child’s achievement that is independent of his background and general social context. - Prof James Coleman, sociologist
Equality of Educational Opportunity – James Coleman

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In Support of the Public Library

Public funding for libraries tends to be decreasing in many parts of the world. The idea that libraries and librarians are redundant because we can search for information online is false. Librarians are trained professionals who understand information needs of different groups as well as the nuances of research.

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How Over Population Changes the World

The lights in the video below represent areas on our planet where there’s more than 1 million people. This display at the Museum of Victoria educates on the ecological impact of population growth on the environment and climate change.

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