Graduate employment figures?

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  1. I hope im not being a search biff again. But i keep seeing figures touted around for graduate employment of ~89%. Does anybody know where i could find a break down of this statistic for how many of those are in a job utilising their degree?

    Im interested in seeing how many graduates are doing sales/admin/etc jobs which a school leaver could do. Preferably data before the recessional mess.

    Thanks
     
  2. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    what they dont tell you is what graduates studied. I've known loads who go off to do useless degrees just to graduate thinking it will get them out of working in tesco. the result is they still work in tesco have loads of debt but know a lot about stuff they can never use.

    some idiot thought he could to the inspector training scheme at hmrc with a degree in sports science - obviously he lasted a matter of weeks so I presume went off to teach PE

    what they should have done and still have a chance to do is knock the crapper unis back down to techs and teach vocational apprenticeships - do they reveal how many apprentices are employed or set up their own businesses?
     
  3. Try here Unistats . You can look at specific departments from each university and see what the percentage breakdown is for what graduates were doing after they graduated. It does make distinctions between students who made it into industries relevant to their degree and those who made it into "retail" (read Tesco).
     
  4. You sure he didn't leave when he realised that he was grossly overqualified for HMRC? My contact with that august body would suggest that they would have difficulty mustering up a 10 metre breast stroke certificate between the lot of them.
     
  5. I imagine not many people do go into areas reared to their degree, because a degree isn't very specialised - students only get a broad, and not too deep, understanding of their area. What they do have, is skills in critical reading, producing reports etc.

    Most people that have an undergraduate degree understand this, which is why it's usually the University of Life types who bleat on about people not using their degree. When you graduate, you become a generic graduate (unless you did a vocational-type degree), rather than a subject matter expert
     
  6. A degree is basically a tick in a box that indicates the Graduate is interested in a subject and is capable of picking up information on a subject with the minimum of hand holding. In essence, it’s almost an empty box. University is naturally a place where young people go to get pissed, stoned and laid... or is it layed?