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Job destinations of journalism graduates revealed

Published: Thursday, 23 July 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The majority of graduates with a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) found work almost immediately after graduation, research has revealed. 

Outperforming graduates of other courses, 82% of those who completed the course said they were in work – 12% more than graduates of other disciplines – and enjoyed an average starting salary of £15-20,000 per annum. 

Excellence equals results

For those who achieved the highest possible grade, known as the gold standard the results were even more positive.

This result requires students to get A-C grades in all of their exams and be able to write 100 words per minute in shorthand and 96% of graduates who met this level found work within just six to ten months of matriculating. 

86% were even lucky enough to land themselves a journalism-related role with the most common job roles for Journalism graduates falling under the following sectors:

  • Print publishers - 30%
  • Magazines - 11%
  • Online/ digital - 9%
  • Television - 7%
  • Public Relations - 6%
  • Radio - 4%
  • Other sectors - 35%
More than half (58%) of all roles taken by the graduates were full-time positions while 13% were for contracts of 12 months or more.

For those lucky enough to achieve the gold standard, chances of securing permanent roles was even greater with 68% finding full-time work.

Gaining the advantage

Of the graduates who remained within the journalism sector, 77% felt their NCTJ qualification was really important, 37% said it was a necessity and 40% claimed it gave them a competitive advantage. 

77% of all graduates said that the qualification prepared them for future employment; a figure which rises to 96% amongst gold standard holders.

Grad Plus have a number of journalism graduate jobs available

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