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Graduates outlook on careers is confident despite pandemic

New survey finds finance remains a top career choice, graduates consider more education and credentials, and that optimism exists – but young people are reevaluating their career trajectories

Contributor: Peter Watkins - CFA Institute | Published: 26 October 2021

Grad postings down, but degree not the be all and end all for great jobs

New research from the world’s largest job site Indeed shows many well-paid roles do not require a degree. Indeed put together a list of the top 15 best-paid jobs that don't require a degree. The highest paid jobs on the list are Python, Java and C++ developer roles - highlighting the premium employers are paying to attract the best tech talent. At number one on the list, Python developers can expect to earn an average annual salary of £62,600 - double the national average.

Contributor: Bill Richards, UK Managing Director - Indeed | Published: 17 August 2021

Students call for stronger action on climate change

New research by Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of student accommodation, shows that students are more concerned about climate change than any other issue in 2021 – including the challenges of COVID-19. When it comes to higher education and career path, climate change concerns are also having a significant impact. Around 1 in 3 students (31%) agreed that they would not apply to a university which has a poor track record on climate change and 39% said that they would not apply for a job at a company which has a poor track record on climate change. Separately, over three quarters of students (76%) say that their feelings around climate change will now influence the career they plan to pursue in some way.

Contributor: Richard Smith, Chief Executive - Unite Students | Published: 18 June 2021

Student expectations of first salary have dropped

The COVID-19 pandemic has decreased graduate expectations about earning potential by £1,620 since the start of the year, from £27,600 in January to £25,980 now according to new research from Bright Network, the leading platform that unites the next generation of bright talent with global employers and fast growth businesses.

Contributor: Bright Network | Published: 20 December 2020

COVID-19 has had a major impact on students and graduates

Many of this year’s graduates finished their degrees online and are due to enter the workplace amidst a tumultuous jobs market, however, fewer graduates felt like their university had prepared them for the workplace this year, with only 15% reporting that they felt completely prepared (down from 18% last year).

Contributor: Georgina Brazier, Graduate Jobs Expert - Milkround | Published: 24 July 2020

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Young people being alienated by graduate career promises

Young people are increasing leaving their jobs within the first 12 months of work. Meanwhile, employers feel hiring graduates is a ‘hit or miss” situation. These are the stark findings of research conducted by Magnet. me, UK’s biggest student and graduate careers site.

Contributor: Vincent Karremans | Published: 26 November 2017

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Grads fear Brexit and prefer Corbyn

Latest research insights1 from Magnet.me. Reveals the views of the graduating students in 2017 on job prospects, Brexit and the 2017 UK General Election.

Contributor: Vincent Karremans | Published: 2 June 2017

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Why are more graduates looking to work in SMEs?

Students and graduates welcome the professional and social opportunities offered by working in small teams, reports a new survey. With comment from Jayne Rowley, Deputy Chief Executive at Prospects.

Contributor: Jayne Rowley | Published: 31 May 2017

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Graduate retention in decline

One in six drop out of graduate programmes. Retaining graduates is becoming increasingly difficult with employers typically losing 16 percent of their intake in the first two years, which is an increase on the 9 percent reported last year. Comment from Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of the AGR.

Contributor: Stephen Isherwood | Published: 25 May 2017

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Using Data & Psychometrics in Graduate Recruitment

Gillian Howarth, Resourcing Development Manager at John Lewis Partnership (JLP) demonstrates how historical application data has helped the retail giant – owners of John Lewis and Waitrose – to increase the diversity of its graduate intake, whilst also improving the calibre of candidates reaching assessment stage and helping to minimise graduate recruitment costs overall.

Contributor: Gillian Howarth | Published: 15 March 2017