Last year’s marketing and media graduates have done incredibly well, with 71% of marketing grads and 68% of media studies grads in employment six months after graduation.
Graduates in these disciplines have even driven up the national average, which would certainly be lower without 2011’s marketing and media university leavers.
While 37% of marketing graduates managed to find work in their chosen industry working as marketing, sales or advertising professionals, some 16% were employed as commercial, industrial and public sector managers – and 15% were working in the retail and catering industries, and as bar and waiting staff.
The ‘What do graduates do?’ report, published by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU), also found that almost double this number of media grads (28%) were working in part time roles in the retail and hospitality industry.
Why part time work is beneficial whilst job hunting
Part-time work is great for job hunting graduates: flexible hours mean that you will still have plenty of time to invest into finding fresh graduate jobs in UK
and you can keep those pennies rolling in while searching for a full time (and hopefully well paid!) position.
• Be in the know – the earlier you enter the jobs market, the better, whether you find yourself employed in your chosen industry or not. This hopefully means that it won’t be such a shock to the system when you do find a job in the industry you want, as you’ll already have some idea of how things go in the world of work.
• Impresses potential employers – Working part-time proves you haven’t been wasting your time between graduation and finding a job. Otherwise, it could be quite awkward if a potential employer wants to know how you spent your time during this period: spending a couple of hours browsing the web for vacancies and then using the rest of the day as nap or catch-up TV time doesn’t exactly scream potential to prospective employers. Make sure you do something productive – you could even take up a new hobby to enhance the ‘further interests’ section of your CV.