380,000 graduates heading for underemployment in 2019

  • Recent figures show that almost half of the UK graduates in 2019 won’t get a graduate-level job and will remain underemployed.

    About 800,000 students will graduate this year in the UK.

    380,000 of them will be underemployed, taking jobs that do not require a degree.

    Of the 420,000 graduates who do land a graduate-level job, 250,000 will be within tech/digital and IT roles.

    This data has been compiled by the graduate coaching company, Graduate Coach.

    They have successfully coached 500+ students and graduates helping them to secure graduate-level jobs at a wide range of organisations including Deloitte, Google, IBM, The NHS and more.

    In response to these findings, Graduate Coach has collaborated with CV-Library to commission research to gain a better understanding of why graduates are struggling to find graduate jobs that match their level of education.

    A survey of 1500 graduates revealed:

    90% found it difficult to work out what job would suit them best
    86% found it difficult to write a good CV
    85% find interviews difficult and nerve-wracking
    85% admitted needing work experience before entering the workforce.

    Chris Davies, the founder of Graduate Coach said: “This is a sad reality for the graduates and the country because it involves wasted potential.”

    “There are three main reasons why the 48% of graduates will fail to get suitable work: They don’t know which careers will suit them best, they cannot write good achievement-based CVs and need to acquire interview skills.”

    Chris has been coaching students, graduates and career changers for the past decade.

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says 31% of current graduates are overeducated for the jobs they are doing: “"A person can be overeducated if they possess more education than required for the job.”

    Graduates in arts and humanities were more likely to be under-using their education, according to the ONS.

    Keep up-to-date with all the latest graduate jobs and opportunities in the tech, IT and business world via Sync NI’s job page and subscribe to our newsletter for more info.


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