1. Main Graduate Destination
Main Graduate Destination:This refers to the single main activity graduates were doing (e.g. full-time employment, further study) 9 months after graduation.
Overview of Graduate Population
- In total, there were 62,147 eligible graduates to be surveyed (up from 58,136 in 2017)
- The response rate was 51%
- By gender, 53% of graduates were female and 47% were male
- The most popular area of study was Business, Administration and Law (25%)
Main Graduate Destination Definitions
- In Employment: Graduates are considered to be employed 9 months after graduation if they are working full-time, working part-time or due to start a job in the next 3 months.
- In Further Study: Graduates are considered to be in further study 9 months after graduation if they are enrolled in either full-time or part-time further study and training.
- Engaged in Other Activities: Other activities include caring for family members or others, travelling, volunteering, illness, retirement, unemployed yet not seeking employment, and any other activities.
- Unemployed: Unemployed graduates consist of graduates who are unemployed and looking for a job 9 months after graduation.
1.1 Main Graduate Destination – Institute Type
Nine months after graduation, 80% of graduates were in employment (up from 78% in 2017). A further 13% were in further study (down from 14% in 2017). Universities had the highest proportion of graduates in either employment or further study (93%).
Overall, employment outcomes did not vary significantly by gender, with 80% of females and 81% of males in employment nine months after graduation.
1.2 Main Graduate Destination – Mode of Study
The main graduate destination varies by mode of study. While 93% of remote graduates were in employment, 78% of full-time graduates were in employment. In 2017, 99% of remote graduates were in employment, while 75% of full-time graduates were in employment.
Of the full-time graduates, 15% were in further study, while only 2% of remote graduates were in further study.
1.3 Main Graduate Destination – Programme Type
Compared to other programme types, Honours Degree graduates were least likely to be in employment nine months after graduation, yet were most likely to be in further study.
Nine months after graduation, 75% of Honours Degree graduates were in employment, compared to 88% of Masters Taught graduates, and 92% of Postgraduate Diploma graduates. One-fifth (19%) of Honours Degree graduates were in further study nine months after graduation.
1.4 Main Graduate Destination – Field of Study
Employment outcomes vary by field of study. Education graduates were most likely to be in employment nine months after graduation, with 92% of graduates in employment. Arts & Humanities had the lowest proportion of graduates in employment (63%).
Both Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics and Arts & Humanities had the highest proportion of graduates in further study, at 23% and 24%, respectively.
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