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A poll of 2,000 UK students and graduates commissioned by the professional networking site LinkedIn found that graduate apply for an average of 12 jobs before getting their first role. Graduate respondents also said that one in four receives no feedback at all from failed applications. Furthermore, the Students Have Your Say Survey says that 65% of students felt they are unprepared for the working world, and 52% of students believed that universities do not teach students the necessary skills to obtain a job. The survey was conducted in mid-February 2014, and four in ten respondents said having a competent online profile was either just as or more important than having a good CV.
After the publication of the Students Have Your Say Survey, Charles Hardy, Higher Education specialist at LinkedIn, said: “We are already working closely with schools and universities, helping to educate students on the tools available to them to help with career mapping and job hunting.” Mr Hardy also said that students needed an active online presence in order to gain their first job. The networking website LinkedIn has over 14 million UK members.
High Fliers Research has recently published their annual report into the graduate market. Their survey, The Graduate Market in 2014, found that the number of employers’ vacancies for graduates surged by 8.7%. This follows an increase of 2.5% in 2013, and a decline of 0.8% in 2012, taking graduate recruitment to its highest level since 2007. According to High Fliers Research, the largest recruiters of graduates in 2014 will be Teach First, with 1,550 vacancies; PwC, who have 1,200 vacancies; and Deloitte, who have about 1,000 vacancies. In terms of employment opportunities, the fastest-growing sectors are the consulting, finance, and engineering industries. The job recruitment in the media and energy sectors are the only two sectors that are going to retract in 2014.
The survey also found that the ten universities targeted by Britain’s top graduate employers are Nottingham, Manchester, Cambridge, Oxford, Bristol, Bath, Warwick, Leeds, Imperial College London, and University College London. Their research also stressed the importance of previous work experience, as graduates lacking this experience are unlikely to be successful during the selection process in over half of the studied recruiters. The report states: “Recruiters have confirmed that a record 37% of this year’s entry-level positions are expected to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisations.”
Note: This article was written for the News section of the next issue of bathimpact. News and comment articles are edited by Helen Edworthy.