“Survey by recruitment website shows dissatisfaction at university education among recent graduates struggling to find jobs
Almost half of all recent graduates believe their university education did not adequately equip them for the world of work, and a quarter wouldn’t recommend higher education to those currently studying for their A-levels, a new survey suggests.
The survey, by recruitment website totaljobs.com, also revealed that more than a third (38%) of recent graduates have claimed jobseeker’s allowance since leaving university. The findings support grim figures released by the Office for National Statistics earlier this week showing that a fifth of all recent graduates are out of work.
Many of the 448 recent graduates responding to the online survey expressed a distinct lack of confidence in the value of their education, with 44% stating they did not think university had prepared them for the working world, while a similar percentage (43%) said they would not have chosen the same courses knowing what they know now. As a result, 24% of respondents said they would not recommend higher education to A-level students.
A recent report by the Association of Graduate Recruiters revealed a rise in the number of graduate vacancies for the first time since the recent recession began, although starting salaries remained stagnant at a median of about £25,000 a year.
Despite this, student wage expectations dramatically drop on graduation, with 58% of graduates believing they will earn less than £20,000 a year. This view is contrasted with those still at university, of whom 73% believe they can earn more than £20,000.”
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Times have definitely changed since the time when a degree was considered to be a pass to a great job, with good salary and perks! Now graduates need to ensure that their degree grade is the best and somehow also need to gain enough ‘relevant experience’ during their studies to standout from all the other candidates.
Have you noticed a change in your profession over the last 10 years or so? What would be your ‘words of advice’ to current graduates?