Friday, 8 November 2013

How do graduates find jobs?

One interesting question that destination data can be used to examine is the question of how graduates find their jobs and if there are differences between different groups.

DLHE actually asks this question, so let's look at the data, but also broken down by age - different cohorts may use different ways to look for work.

The first graph looks at everyone who was working after six months and gave an answer to the question of how they'd found their jobs. N, in this case, is 98,360. That's a pretty big sample.

A third of graduates over 40 were already working for their employer - quite consistent with a lot of part-time students doing continuing professional development. Younger graduates were more likely to use job sites (like or personal contacts. Also much more likely to use their careers service.

Professional networking also bundles in social media, but it's basically an attempt to capture LinkedIn and the like. This will be a bit more obvious in the next DLHE

But if you're an employer wondering if there's a difference in job-seeking habits by age, then you aren't that interested in people who are already working for you. You've found them. How do people who didn't already work for their employer look for jobs?

Yep, there are differences, all right.

You advertise your job on LinkedIn, you will, unsurprisingly, get older people who already have established networks. Your younger applicants are using their careers service, or and the like, or personal contacts. Older applicants are using your website and newspapers.

This data isn't perfect. There are naturally recall issues. Sure, the graduate may have made the final click or call from a website or agency, but how did they find that site or agency? But this is really interesting data and I'm sure there's more useful and interesting things that can be done with it.

But it does suggest that different groups graduates have different ideas about how they look for work.


Ghislaine Dell said...

I know DLHE can't tell us this (yet?) but it would be really useful and interesting to know how those who were already in jobs or had done internships had originally found those. I wonder how closely that would mirror the graduate jobs data?

Charlie Ball said...

It would be extremely useful. I suspect you'd see a lot more of university involvement for the younger graduates, but more mature ones may have a profile more akin to the overall data we see here.

Worth looking into - I find this sort of information very interesting.