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One in five graduates aim to be self-employed

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

Recent research reveals that becoming ‘your own boss’ is something that has an appeal across both genders and all age ranges, including British 18 to 24 year olds in particular.

The latest survey, which saw over 2000 full and part time employees questioned by the careers advice and training service Oneworklife.com, found that about one in five (18%) UK workers would like to start their own business.

Younger generations said that they aim to 'run their own business' when asked what they would most like to do with their careers.

Across the UK, this desire is higher among workers from the East Midlands (24%), whilst workers from Northern Ireland were the least interested (12%) in starting their own company. With the UK average set at 18%, the rate in Wales is 15% and 13% in Scotland.

Loved and hated bosses

Furthermore, the research revealed what British workers think about their bosses. If you are looking for your first graduate job, this may be a crucial area.

Statistics in this sense are quite equal. While 13% of British workers said that they love their boss, 11% confessed that they ‘hate’ them. Northern Irish workers produced the most ambivalent results, showing equal levels of ‘love’ and ‘hate’ for their superiors.

On top of this, the survey also revealed that 21% feel trapped in their jobs and that 18% of UK workers do actually hate their current jobs. 9.5% dislike their job to the point of making them unhappy even outside of work, and a further 7.4% of British workers hate the people they work with.

Despite the fact that things may not be great at the moment if you are looking for graduate jobs, don’t give up. Remember that it could pay to think creatively, whether that means changing the places you are looking for jobs or the way in which you present yourself to employers.

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