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University leavers 'not optimistic about graduate jobs'

Published: Wednesday, 29 April 2009   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

University leavers are not optimistic about their chances of securing graduate jobs when they finish their courses, a new reports shows.

Research by High Fliers highlights that 36 per cent of students think they will find a graduate job, with confidence in the job market slumping to a 15-year low.

The study also shows that the number of final year students who have already secured a definite job offer has fallen by a third compared with 2008.

In addition, half of the students questioned revealed that they are concerned that even if they are successful in the graduate recruitment process they will have their job offer withdrawn before they begin work or be made redundant in their first year.

Perhaps as a result of these concerns, the number of students planning to remain in education stands at 26 per cent, while 17 per cent are taking time off and eight per cent will undertake voluntary work.

Managing director of High Fliers Research, Martin Birchall commented: "Our latest survey shows that final year students due to leave UK universities this summer are gloomy and frustrated about their employment prospects.

"Students are all too aware that a significant number of employers have cut their graduate recruitment programmes this year or are delaying taking on new trainees until the economic situation improves."

Recent research by Community Service Volunteers highlighted that people think volunteering will improve their employability.


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