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Arts and humanities students most fearful of finding graduate jobs
Friday, 28 May 2010
Creative Industries: arts and design
Only a quarter of those studying arts and humanities degrees expect to earn a graduate job in the summer after leaving university, according to a new study.
Overall, High Fliers Research discovered that just 36 per cent of graduates feel they will find employment in the coming months, with student confidence at a 15-year-low.
Meanwhile, 26 per cent of students will stay on at the end of the academic year to study for a postgraduate course, with 16 per cent looking to enjoy some time to relax by going travelling.
Furthermore, eight per cent of students expect to end up completing voluntary work or being employed in a temporary position.
Martin Birchall, managing director of High Fliers Research, said: "The research highlights that students from arts and humanities courses and those who have had little or no work experience during their time at university are the least confident about the future.
"And they expect to earn almost £50,000 less than graduates with business, finance or law degrees during their first five years of employment."
This is despite a recent study commissioned by the Confederation of British Industry highlighted that only six per cent of companies were planning to put a freeze on graduate recruitment this year.