Why are most graduates ‘in non-graduate’ jobs?

According to a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, over 58.8% of all graduates are in jobs that are considered as being non-graduate roles, which is an increase from 47% in 2013. The Office of National Statistics gives examples of non-graduate jobs, which include care worker, factory workers, sales assistants or factory workers. The question that arises is why has this figure seen such an increase, especially with the range of opportunities available for graduates today?

One reason could be the lack awareness about choices that are available to students post-18. Students are commonly made aware of the ‘traditional’ education route, which is finishing GCSE’s, onto A Levels or an equivalent and then completing the journey with a traditional university lead degree.

For some students the only point at which they consider whether this route was right for them is when they have left university (usually with a considerable amount of debt), and they’re not able to find a job in a related field. They are often left with little alternative than to find a job in any field. They begin to question whether university was the best education option for them or whether, with hindsight, alternative options should have been considered them?

It’s worth considering that students may not be aware of the alternative career options that are available to them, which is where a careers guidance tool would come into play. It can help students match their academic qualifications (either attained or expected); their preferences to careers and it will offer a variety of routes to that eventual career.

So what are these alternative options?

One option for students is a Degree Apprenticeship, which the Government describes as, “an innovative new model bringing together the best of higher and vocational education”, which simply means young adults are now able to work at an organisation, whilst still attaining a formal qualification in terms of a degree. Fundamentally, the benefits are evident, because students are working, they’re getting paid, which means once they’ve finished, they will not have accrued any debt (as well as a salary, the employer will also pay for the degree) as is synonymous with the traditional degree approach.

Alternatively, it may be as simple as a degree not being right for an individual, which means a young adult entering the world of work and perhaps training on the job.

New Kudos features a huge amount of relevant information about different pathways and qualification options including degrees and Apprenticeships, which can provide students/young adults with information and ideas on what might be the most appropriate pathway to help broaden their horizons.

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