Only 52% of graduates find graduate-level jobs in UK, CIPD study

Only 52% of graduates find graduate-level jobs in UK, CIPD study

There were nearly 1 million college graduates in the United Kingdom last year, yet only more than half of the said number were able to find a graduate-level job, a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) study showed.

UK’s Higher Education Student Statistics showed that last year, over 777,000 students achieved undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications from universities, and more are expected to complete education this year.

CIPD study found only 52% of total graduates find graduate-level jobs

However, in 2017, a CIPD study said that only 52 percent of graduates found graduate-level jobs.

An exclusive research by Graduate Coach said that there are three factors affecting employment: determining the job position, writing an effective resume, and being successful in an interview.

Earlier this month, data from UK’s Department for Education (DfE) showed that graduates in all regions of the country earn 20 percent more than their undergraduate peers.

Factors affecting recruitment process

Graduate Coach said that 90 percent of its respondents said that they found it difficult work out which job will suit them best, and with 1,200 graduate job titles, it underscored that it is difficult for students to pinpoint the titles and roles aligned to their skills, interests, and ambitions.

Likewise, 86 percent was said to have found it hard to create a good curriculum vitae (CV), while 85 percent said that they found interviews nerve-wracking and difficult.

“Graduates struggle to put together an achievement-based CV because they focus on their lack of work experience,” Graduate Coach founder Chris Davies said.

“Instead, they should focus on the skills they have gained at university, through unpaid or voluntary work, or extracurricular activities. An outstanding CV and cover letter are crucial to catch an employer’s eye. There is an art and a science to doing it right, and candidates need expert guidance,” he added.

As for interviews, the study showed that men are more confident in interviews than women, 21.3 percent versus 8.7 percent.

“Being able to convey confidence at an interview is a must. If a candidate isn’t confident in themselves, why should the interviewer be?” Davies said.

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Angelica is a reporter for Global Education Times with a focus on the ‘business of education’, and on Asia-Pacific and South American education affairs. An experienced journalist, Angelica also writes for the oldest English newspaper in the Philippines, The Manila Times, as the publication’s business correspondent.
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