What students want in a graduate job


Hype Collective wanted to know what students want out of a graduate job – so they asked them. They partnered with the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) and together conducted seven focus groups of students across the UK, with a follow-up survey of 1000 further interviewees. The research was also informed by a panel of major graduate employers.

With these students, they discussed everything from what they care about most in a job (spoiler: it’s getting paid) to how they think their first graduate job will affect their mental health. The research was conducted between March and May 2019 and this is a snippet of what they had to say:

  • One area students are rightfully focused on is mental health in the workplace. Around two-thirds of students said that they would be ‘significantly more likely’ to want to work for a company that had a ‘public and transparent’ mental health policy. 75% said they wouldn’t be comfortable discussing the topic in an interview as they believe it would make an employer less likely to hire them.
  • Students don’t expect their first job to last for life - in fact, they don’t even expect it to last three years.
  • Most students have viewed university as a bit of a waste of money. While we may think they’d rather be socialising, not a single student surveyed said their degree offered value for money and as a result they’re now looking for opportunities to acquire the skills they need.
  • Around 95% of students in the focus groups said they didn’t consider apprenticeships when they were doing their A Levels
  • The vast majority of students cited money or how they would be treated as the number one reason why they would choose to work for a particular company. Most students didn’t rank morals in the top five reasons; in fact, many didn’t even put morals in the top ten.

The full report can be read here.

 

Monday, 5 August 2019

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What students want in a graduate job