Showing posts with label AGCAS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AGCAS. Show all posts

Thursday, 11 October 2012

What do Graduates Do?

Normally at this point, I'd do a piece explaining what's in this year's What Do Graduates Do?, but Sean Coughlan at the BBC has written it already.

The basic story is that graduates did rather better last year than we feared they might, especially as we had the double dip recession.

A record number - 104,455 - were known to be in graduate-level employment after six months, and although unemployment nudged up a little, to 8.6%, it hasn't, as yet, got back to the heights of 2009, and is nowhere near the figures for the recessions in the 90s and 80s. It's by no means an easy jobs market for graduates, but most still get jobs, and most of those with jobs have what we will now call 'professional level' employment, in honour of KIS.

And remember - this is all after just 6 months of what will be, for most of these graduates, a career of at least 45 years.

We've done quite a bit of work on regional data this year, and I wrote a piece on it in the publication (no spoilers), and Jen has done a super redesign ahead of the big 2013 one that is coming when SOC2010 comes into use and all the data changes a lot. Presenting the data in graph format has always been something we've struggled with, but Jen has taken her design sensibilities to it and come up with something elegant, and I think it looks excellent.

But if anyone has any suggestions or feedback in advance of the big new redesign, we'd be delighted to hear them.

None of this, of course, would be possible without our friends and HESA and AGCAS (and as a brutal punishment for their efforts, this edition contains photos of all the AGCAS writers - I remain unillustrated so the book will not serve as a device to frighten small children away from the fire) so thanks, as always, go to them.

The next few months look as if they may be a little more of the same, so as things stand I wouldn't be surprised if 2011/12's figures look quite similar - but I guess we'll find out next year.

Monday, 7 November 2011

What Do Graduates Do?

What Do Graduates Do? our annual publication on graduate destinations, produced jointly with AGCAS, has come out this morning. You may have seen some of the press coverage.

For most UK graduates employment is steadily increasing, unemployment is slowly decreasing.

  • 284,160 students graduated in 2010 with a first degree – a 3.6% increase on last year
  • 69.7% (163,090 graduates) were in employment six months after graduation
  • Unemployment went down from 8.9% to 8.5%
  • Record number (100,265 or 63.4%) secured graduate level jobs
The figures show recovery in business and financial services with 7.5% of graduates working in these occupations, the same as that recorded in 2008. Marketing, sales and advertising was the occupational group that saw the largest percentage jump in graduates in 2010. 

The graduate labour market seemed to be very slowly recovering at the start of 2011, and the first half of the year seemed to follow the pattern of painstaking economic recovery, so we've no real reason to believe much changed up until then. The present turmoil in the Eurozone started in earnest during the summer, but as GDP figures show that the economy was still slowly recovering up until September at the least, so the likelihood is that, as things stand, the employment market for this summers' graduates is, at worst, not likely to be too much different to last year's - in other words, not as good as it has been, but better than it was a couple of years ago.


Monday, 7 September 2009

Wordle Of The Week: AGCAS Biennial

This is AGCAS Biennial Week, but I won't be blogging this one as I don't have time, as I'm there to do presentations.

But, as it's Biennial week, let's have a Wordle for Biennial.

Again, click on the picture to enlarge it.

This image was generated using from the AGCAS Biennial conference workshop descriptions.