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GRADUATE UNEMPLOYMENT By Jessica Sinclair


In 2010, the government made an announcement to raise tuition fees to £9,000. Since this announcement, Universities have been marketing their institutions to prospective students in terms of graduate employment success and employment prospects. A report released in November 2013 by the Office for National Statistics about graduates in the workplace shows that the employment prospects for recent graduates aren’t all that dismal. However, as a recent graduate myself, I am experiencing first-hand the harsh employment prospects most graduates face. It has also made me question the importance of my Undergraduate degree, and whether it was really worth it.


87% 47%


of graduates were in employment in April to June 2013


However


of those graduates are in non-graduate roles such as waiting and temping.


In April to June 2013 the graduate employment rate stood at 87%, which generally shows a positive outlook for recent graduates. However, the report also states that about 47% of those graduates are in non-graduate roles such as waiting and temping. This 87% may seem high, but the harsh reality is that these ‘graduate roles’ are a select few career paths that graduate websites focus too heavily on. These include Finance, Marketing and PR, which are all incredibly competitive, with usually 2 or 3 places per 300 applicants. Even searching under industries like ‘Charities’, the outcome will usually produce results like ‘marketing director’ or ‘PR manager.’ Graduate websites


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