Graduate Research Program

In 2016 GCA established a Graduate Research Program to carry out directed research projects in the areas of graduate employability, career development and future work. A Research Committee was formed and applications called for research projects from all Australian universities and other research institutes. Over $750,000 was subsequently allocated and disbursed to thirteen research teams.

This group of projects have been led by GCA in collaboration with other research organisations and has a primary focus on the future of work and associated implications for universities and graduate employment, with a particular emphasis on digital disruption.

Future Work Research Projects

Graduate Careers Australia (GCA): GCA’s Future of Work (FOW) project addresses the question of graduate employment and employability in the constantly changing graduate market place driven by a range of workforce disruptors, especially digital disruptors, as the Fourth Industrial Revolutions begins to take hold:

  • Book chapter – Addressing Key Concerns in Graduate Employability: Changing our expectations of universities for a text to be published by a consortium of university researchers/editors, led by Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW): J.Higgs et al. (Eds.), Education for Employability: Learning for Future Possibilities,© 2018 Sense Publishers
  • An annotated bibliography (TBA) to assist further research in this area;
  • Key sources (TBA) summary of the digital disruptor literature; and
  • Research Report (TBA) (a deeper exploration of the digital disruptors of graduate employability).


David Burt (CSIRO), Michael Locke & Matthew Wilson (Locke Pty Ltd): In this report a new education model is being proposed to enhance discussion around Australian higher education and how it can help future students face an uncertain and economically hostile world:

The Applied Model

Centre for Future Work (The Australia Institute): In this report the Centre for Future Work addresses the nature of work in our economy and the implications of those changes for the career paths and employment options of future university graduates: