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Graduate resilience in the labour market

April 2018

Developing a graduate's commercial awareness and improving their connection with employers could ensure they are prepared to make the transition from university into the workplace, and meet the demands of employers

Key findings

  • 57% of respondents stated that confidence issues affected their transition after graduating.
  • 45% were concerned over a lack of relevant experience.
  • 43% of respondents felt they lacked soft skills.
  • There was a difference between genders, with women more likely to report they lack of relevant experience and soft skills.
  • There is a disparity between faculties regarding their graduates' resilience.
  • There is little connection between having a 2.2 degree and unemployment/underemployment.
  • Graduates with a 2.1 classification were most likely to be unemployed in this study.
  • Of the seven students who identified as having a disability, 86% reported issues with confidence, 43% felt they lacked relevant experience and 71% felt they lacked softer skills.

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What's inside

This report explores graduate 'resilience', specifically looking at how students transition after graduating.

Recommendations are made to improve marketing strategy, student engagement and developing graduate confidence.

About the report

This report, funded by HECSU, aims to explore graduate resilience in relation to their transition after graduation. The research was conducted and reported in 2016 by Shelley Morgan, careers and employability adviser at Lancaster University.

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