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Students and employability


86% of students stated


that earning potential of their chosen degree from that university played an important role in their decision making.


What do students think of employability?


Over the last 10 years, there has been a forensic focus on employability. As each year passes an increasing proportion of students state that job prospects and earning potential are the most important factors which influence the decision about whether to go into higher education, and if they do, what and where they will study, reflects Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Public Affairs) at NCUB.


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t is easy to point to a number of factors which underpin this increased focus on employability for students;


the increasing numbers of students going to university has undoubtedly made competition tougher when finding a job, the recent recession also brought about a shift in mindset for students, universities themselves have steadily improved the quality and sophistication of their careers and other employability support, and finally all of this has happened during a


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time at which tuition fees have increased, which makes the risk of not securing employment all the greater.


To help better understand student experiences in relation to employability, the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB), together with Compass Group, commissioned a study comprising a significant sample of 115,000 drawn from 55 universities from across the United Kingdom.


Importance of earning potential for students Across the entire sample, 86% of students stated that earning potential of their chosen degree from that university played an important role in their decision making. This varied slightly by subject studied with the lowest score coming from history and philosophy students at just over 72%, whereas the highest response came from tourism students (93%) followed by engineering (92%) and business (92%)


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