Careers Advisors

Do your students know about super?

Free Get Job Ready pack for your students

Help your students get job ready with our all-in-one digital pack covering:
  • Writing their first resume
  • Tax File Numbers
  • Super for students
  • How to check their payslips
  • Getting a summer job
  • Tax
Helping your students get job ready

The challenge

We surveyed 3,100 university students in 2018 and asked them to rate their knowledge of superannuation. They scored themselves an average of only 2.5 out of 10. And this was uni students aged up to 25!1

The lost decade of super

This lack of knowledge is costing high school students’ real money. We find many Australians realise around the age of 25 or 26 that their superannuation is a mess. They have now wasted around ten years, with lost super and duplicate accounts.
While this decade might be the one with the lowest contributions, sadly it is also the decade that will compound the longest.
If high school students can improve their knowledge, understand their entitlements and get their superannuation organised from their first casual job, they can avoid this lost decade of super.

The solution

High school careers advisors have a great opportunity to improve this situation.
A small improvement in knowledge among high school students could have significant impact on them financially.
The key change is to educate students about their FIRST DAY at a new job. This is where so much is going wrong. They don’t know what details to bring and they don’t realise that if they don’t have any details their employer has the power to open a new super account for them.

Key educational messages:

  • 1
    What is superannuation?
  • 2
    What you need to bring on your first day at a new job.
  • 3
    How to read a payslip.
Download the Get Job Ready pack and share this with your students. It will help them be more prepared and less stressed for their first day at a new job.

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1Data from National Student Survey 2018, 3,433 respondents