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Do you regret your degree choice?

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

New research shows that while health and medicine graduates found their qualifications useful in the employment market, young engineers have found their degree to be less helpful when searching for graduate jobs.

According to a recent survey of more than 1,300 respondents by reed.co.uk, only 56% of all UK graduates think their university course helped them to find employment later on.

However, some degrees offer more graduate satisfaction than others.

Figures show that 70% of health and medicine students either ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ that their degrees better equipped them for the workplace, while nearly 44% of engineering students said they would choose a different course altogether if they could go back.

"The reality is that, during uncertain economic times, relatively few degrees can give new graduates a direct route into a career,” suggests Martin Warnes, Managing Director of reed.co.uk.

"For most, keeping an open mind, remaining flexible and always considering what transferable skills can be applied to a vacancy, will the best way to get the most from the current jobs market."

High expectations

This latest disappointment can be explained in a number of ways.

Since degrees such as engineering have always been related to successful careers and were thought to represent a fast route to work, the current crisis might have changed these historically held beliefs.

The main satisfaction among medicine students could be due to the employment security related to their positions. Once they finish university, medicine graduates can enjoy several years of training periods that, aside from preparing them for their future positions, are also generally very well paid.

Where do you think this disappointment comes from? Are some degrees more conducive to finding employment? What is the best way to find graduate jobs?

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