Graduate confidence on the rise

Published on Thursday, 09 May 2013 16:03
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Graduate confidence in their career development is on the increase although they still need support from employers, according to new findings.

This was the message from Milkround's second, exclusive annual Student and Graduate Career Confidence Report.

Over half (53 per cent) of graduates were positive about their prospects, with only 12 per cent feeling pessimistic about their chances.

The poll also revealed that qualifications and support were critical to the chances of many graduates, with 56 per cent feeling more positive about their job chances once they have completed their degrees.

Technology also played a big role in graduate job searches, with a 33 per cent increase in those using smartphones to find vacancies.

Milkround spokesperson Simon Pullin said: "It's clear that students and graduates need support from recruiters to reassure them that graduate jobs are available, this can only be achieved by providing relevant and accessible information through the channels which they are most comfortable in using."

Figures by the Office for National Statistics revealed that there were 29.70 million people in employment aged 16 and over from December 2012 to February 2013, which represents little change  from September to November 2012.

Source: CMI

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