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Majority of UK graduates prepared for the work, majority of them not working

Staff writer |
The vast majority (77 percent) of 2015 UK university graduates say that their education has prepared them well for work, according to research from Accenture.

But their optimism contrasts with the experience of 2013 and 2014 graduates, 60 percent of whom consider themselves underemployed or working in a job that does not require a degree.

The Accenture Strategy 2015 U.K. University Graduate Employment Survey polled 1,000 students graduating in 2015, and 1,000 who graduated in 2013 and 2014, to compare the perceptions of students preparing to enter the job market with the reality experienced by recent graduates in work.

It revealed the potential for a disappointing start to working life for those leaving university.

Approximately three-quarters (72 percent) of this year’s graduates expect to find full-time work, but only 58 percent of 2013 and 2014 grads have been able to do so. Eighty percent of this year’s university leavers say they considered the availability of jobs in their intended field before selecting their degree course.

Yet, although 67 percent expect to work in their chosen field, only 55 percent of 2013 and 2014 graduates have been able to do so full time.

In a bid to secure relevant work, 71 percent of this year’s graduates have participated in an internship or apprenticeship during university, compared to just 65 percent of previous year graduates.

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