(Or, what can I do with my degree?)
It is now the time of year, for some of 2014’s graduates at least, when they have left university and returned to the family fold (or not as the case may be). They may have proudly attended their degree congregations wearing gowns and mortar boards, spent some time traveling the world and are now contemplating what comes next. To help with this it can be useful to take a look at what last year’s graduates are now doing.
The most recent national survey of graduate destinations has just been published. The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey reveals what UK graduates did six months after they completed their studies. And Kent and its graduates did extremely well!
The employment performance indicator for Kent’s first degree graduates rose to 94.1%. This placed Kent’s graduates firmly in the top tier of the UK’s job-getters and showed them to be comfortably above the UK average of 92.1% for all UK first degree leavers.
The DLHE survey also showed that 74.6% of Kent’s leavers were employed in graduate-level jobs in the UK. This was up 2.1% on the previous year. (Graduate-level employment is used by national university league tables to rate the quality and level of graduate employability.)
To see examples of the employment and further study undertaken by Kent’s graduates take a look at the information on the Careers and Employability Service (CES) website. You may also find it useful to take a look at all of the other services on offer to you from the CES, especially if you are making applications or attending interviews.
And just one more thing about the recent survey. The University’s unemployment rate went down too. Another good sign! It now stands at 4.3% (down from 5.6% on the previous year). This was a reduction in the unemployment rate for the third year running and well below the average for all UK graduates of 6.4%!
Does this make you feel proud to be a Kent grad? I hope so, but more importantly it should make you feel confident that there are job opportunities and options for further study out there for you.