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Scottish graduate survey commands immediate interest

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: Graduate jobs

A graduate survey, conducted by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS), has already generated over 500 responses from former students who are keen to share their job hunting trials with the nation.

Open until May 7th, the survey is intended to act as a pool of advice for soon-to-be-graduates on some of the challenges they may face in the working world and dealing with student debt.

CAS acting Chief Executive Susan McPhee said: "It used to be the case that a degree would lead to economic security.

"Since the recession, however, the outlook for recent graduates has been bleak.

"In the final quarter of 2011, the unemployment rate for recent graduates was 18.9% - more than double the national average. Meanwhile, 35.9% of graduates who are in work find themselves in a lower level of employment."

Graduates posted a variety of guidance for undergraduates within eight hours of the site going live, with one graduate advising the following: "Do an easy subject at an easy university. It's all about the grade, not the degree." 

Targeted at Scottish students who have graduated within the last six years, the survey hopes to give a detailed picture of graduate experiences, according to CAS spokeswoman Sarah Beattie-Smith:

"We want to get as much info as possible though, so I hope all graduates will go to our website and become a part of our survey. It doesn't take long to complete. It's a platform to have their say about their experience of the job market and of the support, or lack of it, that has been available to them.

"We intend to take the findings to governments, employers and universities and hopefully get people thinking about how to improve the situation for future graduates."

The survey asks questions such as how well their University prepared them for the job market, and how well they feel they are treated now by the jobcentre, by the government and by employers.

Do you feel that your degree prepared you adequately for your graduate job? If not, how would you adjust the course?

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