More and more graduates are deciding to focus on their careers rather
than starting a family, new figures have revealed.
It seems that university leavers are in many cases deciding to put
off having babies until they are older, or deciding not to have
them at all and instead build a solid career.
The latest figures show that over the last ten years, the number of
women in higher education who have had children has fallen
dramatically. It also shows that of those who do decide to start a
family, they are generally doing so later in life.
Further, graduates who end up giving birth tend to have less
children and most are determined to get back to work.
Researchers at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, based at the
Institute of Education in London studied the lives of more than
5,000 graduate women born in 1970.
Around 40 per cent of 35 year olds who had been to university were
childless with those conducting the study predicting that when they
hit 45, about 30 per cent will still be childless.
Business woman Susie Ambrose, now 41, who graduated with a
psychology degree, told the Telegraph that she had no regrets about
not having children and focusing on her work: "I decided not to
have children because I knew I would not be able to devote time and
energy to my career. I knew my work would suffer."
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