UK students express post-referendum opinions on education and careers

UK students express post-referendum opinions on education and careers


Research carried out by TARGETjobs has highlighted students’ opinions regarding the impact of the EU referendum on education and graduate careers.

The day before the referendum took place, TARGETjobs conducted an initial survey of over 7,000 UK students to determine whether they planned on voting to leave or remain in the European Union.

Over 80% of students surveyed said they would vote to remain, given the strength the UK has as part of the EU, as well as closer issues to their hearts, including major concerns on the effect leaving could have on their future careers.

In a post-referendum follow-up survey, 91% of the student ‘Remainers’ that they believed securing work would now be more difficult. 

Meanwhile, the survey reflected a more optimistic outlook from those respondents who voted to leave the EU. Of these, 86% said they were not concerned about the difficulty of finding work now that the UK is set to leave.

The Leave students were also significantly more positive that many things related to higher education, such as European study options and provision of research grants, would remain minimally affected, unlike their Remain counterparts who expressed major concerns about the future of their academic lives.

Many Leave students also conceded that education issues may be temporarily affected, but it was necessary to combat wider issues, such as better regulation of immigration, the ability to control our own laws, and stronger sovereignty.

Significantly, not all opinions differed across both camps. Both the Remain and Leave student groups were in agreement about two major factors: a combined 91% felt Brexit campaigners had insufficiently investigated the impact on education; and 57% thought their university did not provide adequate information on the impact of a British exit from the EU.

Chloe Burgess, director, GTI Media, said: “Despite the differing stances on the referendum, it was encouraging to see that 99% of students surveyed had registered to vote.

“It’s inevitable that opinions would be divided among the student body, but they all shared a common interest in playing an active part in their country’s future. This political inclination will no doubt be further expressed in the coming months, as university and careers issues are increasingly brought to light post-Brexit, and we look forward to hearing what the UK’s students have to say.”

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

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