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What Do Graduates Do?


This publicationis the result of a close collaboration between the Higher EducationCareers Services Unit (HECSU), the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS). It uses statistics drawn from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) which is conducted by every university in the UK each year to try and establish what every graduate is doing six months after graduation.The figures are compiled by HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Agency) and are then used by HECSU to produce the tables and charts in this publication

The report states students who keep studying past their first degree have much better employment prospects.

People with postgraduate qualifications are more likely to be employed than those who leave university after their undergraduate degrees, and more likely to be employed in professional or managerial roles, according to the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU).

The ´What Do Graduates Do´ report found that 86 per cent of postgraduates were employed, or working and studying, six months after receiving their qualifications, compared to 74 per cent of their undergraduate colleagues.

Just five per cent of postgraduates are unemployed, compared to nine per cent of undergraduates, while 91 per cent are in ´professional or managerial roles´, compared to just 65 per cent of first-degree graduates.

Women, meanwhile, are more likely to be postgraduates than men, while more than a fifth of the total were taking a postgraduate course after the age of 40.

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