The latest edition of What Do Graduates Do? was released on 24 September, an analysis of the destinations of 256,350 full and part-time first degree graduates surveyed in January 2014, six months after they had left university. Overall, the picture is much improved from the year before; some of the key findings are:
- More graduates employed: increased from 73.6% to 75.6% year-on-year.
- Drop in further study as graduates take advantage of improving employment conditions: fell from 13% to 12.4% year-on-year.
- More graduates in professional and managerial work: increased from 64.9% to 66.3%.
- Smaller proportion of graduates in non-professional jobs: for example, graduates working as retail, catering, waiting and bar staff fell from 13.7% to 13%.
- Mature graduates doing particularly well: a higher proportion (77.2%) were in professional and managerial work compared to all first degree graduates (66.3%).
The full document can be downloaded from the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU) website at http://www.hecsu.ac.uk/assets/assets/documents/wdgd_september_2014.pdf.