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What Are Graduate Jobs Really Like?

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: Graduate jobs

Graduate jobs are undoubtedly what everyone is after when they leave University, but what are graduate opportunities really like? A recent report sheds light on the careers of recent University leavers.

New studies have shown that graduates can expect to start working life in the post-credit-crunch marketplace bottom of the workforce, working long hours, often in jobs that aren’t quite what they were expecting.

A recent study by a recruitment company revealed recently that one in seven graduates are working more than 50 hours, with the figure at nearly 20 per cent for all graduates starting work in London.

So graduates can expect to deal with 10 hour work days and a considerable amount of pressure to do well in their new roles. Perhaps ever conscious of the graduate job market and the fact that there are numerous candidates for the majority of graduate job vacancies, the research shows that most graduates feel under increasing pressure to show to their new employers that they are committed to their new job.

Perhaps not surprisingly the legal profession – where graduate opportunities have dropped 10 per cent in recent years – came out as the top profession where graduates feel the most pressure. Accountancy and marketing roles were also high on the list of areas where graduates felt under increasing pressure.

As well as pressure to do well in their new job, many graduates will be faced with the prospect of working in a position that is not their ideal choice of job, often with the hope of progressing their careers to their dream role.

Kevin Friery, clinical director at the service, said that under-30s often find life challenging - in part because they are required by necessity to work a job they dislike.

"The trouble that people in that age group have to cope with is that they may be working in a situation that isn't their ideal jobs, isn't the best job in the world, but is a job they have to do to get themselves going or get a foot on the ladder," says Kevin Friery, clinical director at Right Corecare.

"As you get older, you are more likely to be doing something that you want to be doing, but when you're younger you're sort of doing the things you need to do."

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