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Career Support after graduation. Can it make an impact on the increasing unemployment rates?

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, employment rates in the UK have reduced by 0.9%, and 75.7% are employed in the UK.

According to the Guardian University League Tables, a career after 15 months is as low as 62% at Trinity Saint David University to 96% at Imperial College.

But how much are those figures due to career support, and can it make such an impact?

Miss H from the University of Greenwich Hadlow College says she has not been supported in finding a job after graduating a year ago. Although Miss H has tried to seek support from the University, “they won't speak to you unless you are still a student”.

A student from the University of Essex has had a different experience. The University of Essex has a motto for “Essex for life”. Receiving support from her university has made a big difference.

“The University has helped me in terms of how to write cover letters, career change paths and CVs. I am applying for my master's, and I wouldn't have been able to do it without the career support.”

University of Essex Career Advisor has given an exclusive statement on career support after graduation.

“As a service, we are set up to provide students information and advice around employment; CVs, interview skills, application advice and using LinkedIn.”

He recommends contacting your university to receive support in finding a job. Additionally, he states that focusing on you and what you need is important, whether taking time after university by volunteering, going abroad or just relaxing.

“Remember that finishing university is a big thing; not everyone will be ready to start a job immediately. But, after some time, you could find you're in a much better mental position to start your career journey.”

The Guardian league tables say in the University of Greenwich, 77% have a career after 15 months, whereas 78% of Essex Students have a job after 15 months.

Although there is not much difference statistically, alumni support is huge.

Miss H says the university “should have an office to help people who have graduated to find a relevant job to their degree”.

Universities have a role in helping students during but also after university. There is room for improvement in terms of career support for graduates.


**All people interviewed have requested to remain anonymous for security and privacy. 

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