Last week The Guardian published a sobering and interesting article based on research into recent graduates’ job destinations. I am, however, concerned about a possible misinterpretation. They say (and I quote),
almost three-quarters (79%) [of graduates] expect to be in a graduate-level job within six months. But government figures show that only around half (53%) of those who graduated within the past five years are in such jobs.
Asides from some questionable sub-editing (I’ve made my own corrections) I think the way this is written could lead to an incorrect conclusion being drawn. That 47% of all grad in the past five years are still in non graduate-level jobs. I think an incorrect conclusion has been reached. I’d be stunned if that many graduates from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 in total are still in non graduate-level jobs five, four, three, two and one years on respectively. If you told me that 47% percentage of grads from the graduating year of 2013 were in non graduate-level jobs six months after graduation I’d be more inclined to agree.
Let me give you another source to double check figure like this. Look at the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE). It surveys graduates after six months of graduation. You can find this info here and here.
That’s not to belittle this issue. If you personally find yourself in this situation don’t accept it. Contact us here in the careers service sooner rather than later. We can help you achieve those graduate level job goals.