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Are graduates and employers beginning to think along similar lines?

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Did you choose your degree based on the possibility of eventual employment, or purely vocational reasons? While trends show that today’s graduates fail to choose the degrees that are most likely to lead to eventual employment, the UK is facing a shortage of students in specific areas.

"Only 7% of students study those subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) and that is what our country needs. Those are the kind of subjects our clients are looking for. This pool of talent is so small,” warned Dan Hawes, co-founder of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau.

According to Hawes, the UK is facing a serious shortage of graduates studying subjects like science, technology, engineering and maths.

It could be suggested that today’s university students seem to care more about trends or vocational preference rather than graduate job opportunities after leaving university.

However, considering Hawes’ words and the latest figures revealing the degrees that had the highest increases in student popularity this year, there is reason to be hopeful.

According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA,) mathematical sciences, engineering & technology, business & administrative studies, mass communications & documentation and biological sciences were the subjects that saw an increase in students’ enrolment for 2011/12.

On the other hand, also according to HESA figures, the degrees that led directly to graduate positions in 2010 were medicine & dentistry and veterinary science (99.6% of employability), education (95%), subjects allied to medicine (94.3%), law (92.7%), agriculture & related subjects (91.6%), biological sciences (91.1%), languages (90.9%) and historical & philosophical studies (90.1%).

These statistics would suggest a mixed set of results when it comes to what employers demand, what students prefer and what subject areas registered the highest graduate employment statistics last year.

What do you think? Did you select your area of study based on how likely it was to lead directly to a graduate job? Would you change your decision now if you could start again?

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