I wrote an article on the top 10 best Australian universities with the highest employment rate in 2018, and due to the massive positive response it got, I decided to write on the best Canadian Universities with the highest employment rates. So far so good, the results of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018 are in, and 18 Canadian universities were able to make the list of the world’s best for producing the most employable graduates.
Take note that these ranking is aims specifically to highlight the academic institutions leading the way in graduate employability, based on a methodology which assesses employment rates, alumni outcomes, employer reputations and more.
Out if the 18 Canadian Universities which made this list, I decided to highlight the 10 highest ranked Canadian universities for graduate employability in 2018.
1. University of Toronto
Your guest is as good as mine, and the first Canadian University to make this list is the University of Toronto. This academic institution got up four places this year to now rank 15th in the world for graduate employability.
The University of Toronto received the highest rank of any Canadian university for the Alumni Outcomes indicator and job employment rate. Many former students of the university of Toronto have gone on to make their mark in the following departments, in
- Business and other ventures,
The University of Toronto has so far produced four Canadian prime ministers among its alumni, plus other notable figures such as Donald Sutherland and Margaret Atwood.
2. University of Waterloo
The University of Waterloo is the 2nd Canadian University to be ranked on this List. The University of Waterloo is currently ranked 24th in the world for graduate employability and achieves a massive impressive score for the Partnerships with Employers category (which is 4th in the world), an assessment of both research and employment-related partnerships.
The University of Waterloo has been named Canada’s most innovative university in the past 25 years, and the institution considers itself a model of co-operative education, currently offering more than 120 accredited co-op programs, which gives it’s students the opportunity to combine their studies with work experience.
3. University of British Columbia
The third University on this list, is the University of British Columbia. This is yet another of the best Canadian universities for graduate employability, and it moved up six places this year to the rank of 35th in the world, with its highest score for the Employer Reputation category (37th in the world).
Sharing similarities with Waterloo, the university has a number of co-op programs available for her students, and the university also has a venture accelerator, entrepreneurship@UBC, which major aim is to help students and recent graduates launch their own start-ups with little stress.
4. McGill University
The McGill University is currently ranked 42nd in the world for graduate employability, and receives scores within the global top 50 for Employer Reputation and Alumni Outcomes. The McGill University has so far, graduated many notable alumni, such as 12 Nobel Laureates and 142 Rhodes Scholars (both of which is the biggest among Canadian universities), including three Canadian prime ministers (including incumbent Justin Trudeau), and other successful figures, such as Leonard Cohen, William Shatner, and the president of Médecins Sans Frontières, Joanne Liu.
You and I can easily be convinced that this academic institution is doing something absolutely right somewhere and somehow.
5. University of Alberta
The next university which took 5th position as Canadian’s University with highest employment rate is the University of Alberta. This university is quite noted for her graduate employability, the University of Alberta is currently ranked 94th globally, and receives its highest score for its Graduate Employment Rate.
The university’s employability programs and events include a;
- Career mentoring program,
- Internship and work experience programs,
- Career fairs,
- Employer information sessions,
- Job Shadow week
These programs helps the institution in matching students and alumni with professionals in the community, thereby increasing her student productivity, connections and positively influence graduates employment rates.
6. McMaster University
Another Canadian University to make this list is the McMaster University, which is currently ranked in the 101-110 band for graduate employability this year, achieving its highest score for its Partnerships with Employers.
The McMaster University, which is situated in Hamilton, Ontario, is part of a thriving entrepreneurship community in the local area, and runs The Forge, an on-campus start-up initiative, and the award-winning McMaster Innovation Park, which major aim is to “transform ideas from vision to commercial reality”.
7. Queen’s University
The Queen’s University is another wonderful institution in Canada with high employment rate for her graduates. This academic institution is ranked 111-120 for graduate employability, and has so far, graduated some of Canada’s most prominent politicians, business leaders and academics, as well as 57 Rhodes scholars.
The Queen’s University runs a range of careers fairs and programs throughout the year, which major aim is to provide a platform for students to meet employers, and also secures paid internships of up to 16 months in length for both domestic and international students.
8. Université de Montréal
The 8th University to make this list, is the French-speaking Université de Montréal, and it is currently featured in the 121-130 range of this year’s Graduate Employability Rankings. This university is one of the largest Academic institution in Canada and has produced many notable alumni, including the 15th prime minister of Canada, Pierre Trudeau, and Louise Arbour, the fifth United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Among its employability initiatives which help the school make this list, are student placements, which is purposefully designed to promote the integration of students into the labor market.
9. University of Calgary
Taking 9th position in this list of Canada Universities with highest Employment rates, is the University of Calgary.
The University of Calgary is also featured in the 151-160 range for graduate employability, which is enough to ensure it ranks joint ninth in Canada with Western University. What helps this institution in boasting it’s graduate employment rate of 95%, is that the university runs a range of careers fairs and offers several co-op programs and internships, as well as information sessions, which aims in helping students find out if an employer is a good fit for them.
9. Western University
Yes, it’s no Mistake that the Western University is ranked 9th position as the University of Calgary.
Though the University of Calgary and Western University both ranked 9th position, this list is concluded. The Western University is also ranked in the 151-160 range. The Western University, which is previously known as the University of Western Ontario.
The university’s Student Success Centre helps students to improve their employability and prepare for the workplace via internships, co-ops, volunteering, global experiences, job shadowing and Community Engaged Learning (CEL) programs such as Alternative Spring Break.