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Top ten universities that produce self-employed graduates

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

Self-employment is one of the best options when there is a lack of employment demand in a society – like there is right now. Some universities are better than others in training their students to become their own bosses.

According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency and The QS World University Rankings 2011/2012, these are the top ten UK universities that create the smartest graduate self-employers.

1. UCL is one of the British universities that produce the highest percentage of self-employed graduates, 2.4% last year. This university ranks fourth in the UK and seventh best in the world.
2. Oxford University also registered 2.4% of self-employed Brits last year.
3. Being recently awarded as “best university of the world”, Cambridge University has the next highest percentage of self-employed graduates (2.2%).
4. Accounting for 1.8% of self-employed graduates, King's College London - England's fourth oldest university- also produced a high number of self-employed students.
5. 1.7% of students from University of Manchester also ended up being self-employed. This university is the 29th best university in the world and seventh best in the UK.
6. Up in Scotland, Edinburgh University accounted for 1.5% of graduates who turned to self-employment.
7. Ranked as the UK's eighth best university, Bristol University saw 1.4% of its graduates starting their own business last year.
8. Glasgow University is not only the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world, it is also one of the top ten in creating self-employed graduates – with 1.1%. On top of this, Glasgow School of Art and the Edinburgh College of Art accounted for 23.1% and 12% of self-employed graduates respectively.
9. As well as in the Glasgow case, Warwick University also created 1.1% of self-employed graduates.
10. Up to 0.9% students at Imperial College become their own bosses after graduating.

Have you ever considered the possibility of being your own boss? Do you think self-employment is the best way of having a graduate job of your size?

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