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Graduates think they're over-qualified for their job

Published: Tuesday, 30 October 2007   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Almost a third of graduates think that they're over-qualified for their job, according to new research.

The survey, undertaken by a team at the University of Kent, discovered that 30.3 per cent of graduates believed that the entry requirements for their job were at a lower level than their qualifications, the Daily Mail reports.

There was an overall increase of five per cent in the number of workers who felt they were over-qualified for their position compared to a similar study five years earlier, with the researchers claiming this was due to graduates "pouring into the labour market".

"Education in itself is a good thing," Professor Francis Green, the head of the research team, told the newspaper, "I would be more sympathetic to expanding apprenticeships - but that seems old-fashioned nowadays.

"People need to be better informed about the variations in returns to degrees so they don't get disillusioned," he added.

Figures published by the Association of Graduate Recruiters revealed that there was a 16.7 per cent increase in the number of graduate careers available between 2005 and 2006, representing the third consecutive year-on-year increase in graduate vacancies.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18335921-ADNFCR

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