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Employment Still a Problem for University Graduates

by allisonharvard (writer), , July 10, 2012

Statistics showed that after six months after leaving university, around 71 percent of the graduates were able to gain employment while another 16 percent pursued graduate studies.

Applicants seeking to study at universities or colleges in the United Kingdom have to learn how to write a personal statement that could persuade these higher education institutions to admit them. For these young individuals, they have to study their chosen courses at their chosen universities in order to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to allow them to secure a good job and eventually a good future. The most recent figures, however, show that graduates do not get the job that fit their fields.

According to figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, that over 20,000 or nine percent of the graduates in the 2010/2011 academic period had yet to secure jobs six months after leaving university. Statistics also showed that after six months after leaving university, around 71 percent of the graduates were able to gain employment while another 16 percent pursued graduate studies.

The figures also showed that many of the last year’s graduates took low skilled jobs. Around five percent of last year’s graduates took jobs like courier, office junior, labourer, bar worker, hospital porter, or even road sweeper. Around 10 percent of the graduates sought employment and were employed in sales and customer-service roles like sales assistant, market trader or call-centre staff. On the other hand, around 23 percent of last year’s graduates secured associate professional and technical jobs like paramedics, laboratory technicians or nurses.

It seems that graduates need to learn how to apply for a job that fits their courses just like how they learned how to write a personal statement as university applicants. A separate survey of 1,000 students conducted for Aldi showed that around a quarter of undergraduates in the UK expected to secure a job in their field of studies. Around 39 percent told One Poll that they were willing to begin at bottom of the career ladder while 71 percent said they aimed to apply for a wide range of jobs. Another 58 percent said they would accept a job that pays an annual wage of less than £20,000.

Universities Minister David Willetts, however, remarked that graduates were still doing better than people without degrees. He said university graduates continue to do better than non-graduates and their prospects tend to pick up more quickly during a recovery. This is a good sign for persons learning how to write a personal statement to help get admitted into a university.



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By dchaitanya on July 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm

This trend clearly shows that what they do is quite different from what they study, and this trend reveals that the governments there or elsewhere are unable to produce employment for graduates and it is only private establishhments are giving some kind of temporary jobs to the educated that are irrelevant to their education. So for what purpose the continuation of University education? Better close the Universities and higher education.

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By allisonharvard on July 16, 2012 at 03:03 am

@ dchaitanya The starting level should be made much higher so that only the best can get in in the first place and then the level of graduates will improve.

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By dchaitanya on July 16, 2012 at 09:30 am

Harvard, I do not think mere introduction of higher standards at beginning levels can produce the best but would not help in getting employment. Because, still the education around the world offered in the colleges or universities, as far as conventional degrees concerned, is irrelevent to the employment that is getting to the graduates, except for those with professional degrees. So in my view conventional degrees like Arts, Commerece or other social sciences must be better abolished, because there are not jobs relevent to these subjects anywhere in the world, except for a few teaching positions. So, I believe that there must be complete revamp in the educational system all over the world weather it is in Britain or other develping nations.

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By Credo on November 11, 2013 at 09:23 pm

Employment continues to be the prize of higher education. While there are yet many factors to consider as to the common reasons for such failures, we must factor in the countries economic destabilization which is growing out of control.

Another great article of continual concern...

:)Credo

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