Fliers Research report indicates graduates applying much
A new report from High Fliers Research
indicates that graduates are applying for their graduate jobs much earlier.
The study looked at the views of 17,000 final year students, it has
indicated that not only are students apply earlier they are also
less likely to take gap years as graduates start looking for their
graduate careers earlier. Only 12% of those interviewed were
considering taking a gap year after their studies.
The research shows that 42% of graduates had
applied for graduate jobs in October with over two thirds having
applied by the end of February. The research has also shown that
students have been applying on mass with the volume of applications
rising by a massive 40% in the last two years.
Martin Birchall the managing director of High
Fliers research has this to say; ‘Three years ago, when the
recession first took hold, many students felt there was little
point in looking for a graduate job in such a tough employment
market and instead opted to take time off, go travelling or enrol
for further study at university… Today's students aren't
necessarily more confident about the graduate job market but have
been fighting really hard to secure the jobs that are on offer from
Marketing leads the way with applications for
graduate jobs with other job areas seeing a return to pre credit
crunch levels. Some jobs however have seen a fall in applications
namely law, engineering and the armed forces. The job cuts in the
public sector have also been noted by graduates with a
large drop in those looking to work in the public sector after
The report also showed that graduates continue
to prefer a move to work in the capital after graduation.