Degrees co-designed with industry
Secure your future
The job market is evolving more rapidly than at any other time in recent history. So that our degrees equip you with the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for now and into the future, we design many of them in consultation with industry.
What employers want
Employers consistently tell us that while they want you to be job ready in the sense that you have the discipline-specific capabilities required of your position – the how-to-do-the-job skills – what’s just as important to them is that you have transferable or ‘soft’ skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication, time management, digital literacy and professional etiquette.
Degrees that have been co-designed with industry are able to offer a curriculum that is shaped by the latest industry trends, and which can be adjusted to respond to the needs of industry in real time. As a student, you’ll benefit from learning from both our renowned academics and a wide range of industry experts from your field who are able to provide up-to-the-minute knowhow.
Current industry partners include the CBA, Deloitte, Macquarie Bank, Allens, Hays, PWC, Zurich, 3M, Finity, Ecolab, TAL and the NDIS.
Your employability is front of mind
Co-designing degrees with industry speaks strongly to our ethos of ensuring you’re job ready as soon as you graduate. Having industry heavyweights involved in creating the fundamentals of your degree provides you with opportunities to contextualise your learning, gain the latest career and industry insights, and acquire the tools to address real-world problems.
Co-designed degrees – Megan Wang
Third-year student Megan Wang is currently enjoying all of the benefits undertaking an industry co-designed degree offers.
She’s studying a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with Bachelor of Professional Practice*, which has been co-designed with industry heavyweight EY, among others.
“Having EY – a leading provider of actuarial services – involved in the co-creation process is extremely valuable. They have contributed to the design of the classroom component of the professional practice degree by sharing the qualities they expect of interns, such as leadership, innovation and teamwork.”
But EY haven’t only provided valuable input into the degree’s curriculum, they also host students. In fact, Megan is currently interning with them.
“I’ve been involved with audit, tax wash-ups, and remediation projects for various life insurers and banks. I’ve been treated as a genuine team member and have been given the responsibility of making real contributions to the solving of real-world problems.
Ensuring students are job ready is at the heart of the Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with Bachelor of Professional Practice*.
“The opportunity to go on multiple placements is invaluable, as I’ve been able to explore different spheres of actuarial work before I decide on my career path. This is very different to most actuarial graduates whose career paths are often largely shaped by their first graduate role. Further, the placements and have provided me with a wealth of industry connections, broader industry knowledge, technical skills, professional skills and leadership capabilities.”
* Now called Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with Professional Practice (Honours)
New industry co-designed Bachelor of Arts
Macquarie’s Bachelor of Arts was recently rebuilt after consultation with industry partners like EY, Hays Recruitment, Accenture, Adobe, Deloitte, and many others. The result is our most robust BA – one that will prepare you for the challenges brought on by an increasingly dynamic social and work environment.
Key changes include:
- a greater focus on helping you develop the transferable skills that are in growing demand from employers; skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication, data numeracy, digital literacy and media literacy.
- the introduction of foundation and capstone units that will help you contextualise your learning and help you understand the place of humanities subjects in helping address real-world problems.
- access to the tools you’ll need to develop your digital skills throughout your degree, such as the Adobe Creative Cloud suite.
- the establishment of a personalised digital portfolio that will help you supersize your resume. By recording your formal degree qualification, as well as the broad range of technical and transferable skills you’ll develop, your digital portfolio will explicitly recognise – and where possible – credential all your learnings for future employers.
In addition to these new features, Macquarie’s Bachelor of Arts now offers the opportunity to undertake one – or two – majors from more than 50 available. And, as is a key component of all Macquarie degrees, the new Bachelor of Arts has practical experience built in. This means you’ll have opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, international exchanges and industry linkages with one of 3000 organisations within Australia or overseas.