ERIC Number: ED396149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
What Do Graduates Really Do?
Connor, Helen; Pollard, Emma
The jobs and career paths of graduates of the University of Sussex in 1991-1993 were examined in a 1994 follow-up survey. Of the nearly 2,000 first-degree graduates contacted, 1,023 (56%) completed questionnaires. Within 6 months of graduation, only 2 of 5 respondents were in permanent jobs, 19% were in short-term or temporary employment, and 24% were enrolled in further study. The respondents' average initial unemployment rate over 3 years was 15%. One year later, it decreased to 10%. Male graduates were more likely to find employment soon after graduation. By 18 months after graduation, however, men and women were equally likely to be employed. Subject differences persisted, with graduates in engineering/technology being the most likely to have permanent employment. Significant career turbulence was discovered, but relatively little turbulence was found in terms of career-state change (between the three states of employment, training, and unemployment). Forty-seven percent of applied science graduates were in continuous employment versus fewer than one-third of pure science or social science graduates. Most graduates were satisfied with their current jobs. (Sixty-five tables/figures are included. Appended are the findings of interviews with 10 employers of University of Sussex graduates. Contains 20 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Foreign Countries, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Job Satisfaction, Outcomes of Education, School Attitudes, School Surveys
BEBC Distribution, 15 Albion Close, Parkstone, Poole BH12 3LL, England, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sussex Univ., Brighton (England). Inst. for Employment Studies.
Identifiers: Career Paths; Employer Surveys; University of Sussex (England)