40% of graduates still out of work six months on

Nearly half of graduates (44%) regret not choosing vocational studies

Nearly 40 per cent of today’s graduates are looking for work after six months, and a quarter are job hunting a year on according to new research from totaljobs.com.

Four in 10 (44 per cent) of graduates surveyed say they regret not studying something more vocational.

Mike Fetters, graduate director of totaljobs.com  comments:

“Despite the economic upturn, graduates are still struggling to find work after university. Our research shows that many graduates are starting to wonder if they should have studied for a more vocational qualification as more effective route to employment. Although a degree is an essential qualification for some industries, school leavers need to think more carefully about which route to employment is best for them as some may be more suited to an apprenticeship scheme.”

A third of graduates apply for more than 20 jobs a month (averaging one application per business day). On the flip side, one in six graduates applies for fewer than five jobs a month.

The survey also reveals graduates are willing to travel 35 miles on average to a job interview, with one in six (18 per cent) stating they’d travel over 100 miles for a job interview.

Fetters continues: “Graduates need to prepare themselves for the fact that it may take them a few months longer than they thought to find the job they want. Though the job hunting process can be long, graduate jobs are incredibly rewarding.”

The recent totaljobs.com barometer data from Q4 2013 showed that graduate and trainee jobs were up slightly by two per cent.