Graduates see hope in job prospects, says university headNov 16, 2012
The £1.5 million study, which was commissioned by the Higher Education Careers Service Unit, concludes that graduates fair better than non-graduates.
In opening the conference in Manchester, Mr Rammell (pictured) said: “Despite the tough labour market, graduates are remarkably positive. 60% of working graduates are currently satisfied with their job and this rises to 70% when asked about their future career options.
“Two-thirds of graduates are optimistic about their long-term career prospects and 96% would still do a degree if starting again.”
The study also showed that 41% had accepted an unpaid role at some point in order to gain experience, and that 40% were working in ‘non-graduate’ jobs. The graduate earnings advantage, which used to amount to £200,000 during their careers, has also declined during the recession.
HECSU research director Jane Artess added: “What is gratifying is that even in the wake of the recession, the onset of higher fees and large debts, graduates remain positive in the face of adversity with great confidence that their degree has been worth it.”
Mr Rammell said: “The key finding from this very comprehensive research is that 96% of graduates say, given the choice again, they would choose university. That is our experience at the University of Bedfordshire – it is an incredibly strong endorsement for going to university.”