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Graduate careers survey shows strong variance amongst sectors
Tuesday, 05 June 2007
Graduate Job sector Reports
A graduate careers survey based on information collected through face-to-face interviews with more than 17,000 final-year students has shown strong variation among how graduates from different subject sectors expect to fare over the course of the coming next year.
High Fliers Research annual Graduate Careers Survey found that 40 per cent of the students it interviewed at 30 top UK universities expected to enter the graduate job market immediately.
Confidence was especially high amongst IT, engineering and business graduates, of whom the new Graduate Careers Survey found that 62, 58 and 57 per cent respectively believed they would get a job straight away. By contrast, graduates from arts or humanities courses were much more downbeat, with just 27 per cent expecting to walk straight into work.
The High Fliers survey did find much optimism about pay expectations, with the average graduate expecting to earn £21,700 in their first position after graduation - a rise of 6.8 per cent on the 2006 estimate - and to be earning in excess of £35,000 five years after graduating.
Nearly a quarter of respondents to the survey (24 per cent), were instead planning a postgraduate course, while a further 16 per cent said they were planning to put off a graduate career move in order to go travelling.