Does a degree guarantee you a job?By Sam
More and more people have a degree so getting a job is no easy task
It used to be a case of get a degree and walk straight into a job. Not anymore.
Graduate unemployment is now at a 15-year high and increasing faster than the overall jobless rate across the UK, official figures show.
Competition is fierce. An increase in university graduates now means there are now more than 300,000 new graduates each year entering the jobs market.
A degree does not guarantee you a job, professional service firms Ernst & Young found in a recent survey. Instead, it is more a question of attitude.
“We interview over 3,000 bright graduates every year, but only about 25 per cent have the all-round skill set that we recruit for,” says Stephen Isherwood, head of graduate recruitment at Ernst & Young.
“The candidates who end up with job offers also demonstrate determination and resilience, and are able to work hard and thrive in difficult situations.”
Working experience can also boost a graduate’s chances and spending a year working in industry during a degree is advantageous when it comes to getting a job, past research by Aston Business School in Birmingham found.
The Student Guide teamed up with Student Video Services to ask student if they think getting a degree guarantees a job.