Graduate employment outcomes

We understand that degree level study requires a significant financial investment so getting a job once you've graduated is likely to be an important consideration when choosing the right course and university. The 2011 CBI/National Union of Students survey of 2,614 students revealed that the majority of students (79%) decided to go to university to improve their job opportunities so finding out what happens to students after they graduate is an important part of your university research.

Every university is required to make contact with their graduates six months after they have completed their course in order to complete a Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. The survey provides a snap shot of a very short amount of time after graduating, asking leavers what their main activity was six months after completing their studies. The data is a useful indicator of trends in the labour market but it is also important to be aware that it often takes longer than six months for graduates to get established in their chosen career and job search strategy is often initially about getting a ‘foot in the door' as a stepping stone into graduate level positions. Many students delay their job applications until graduating, preferring to focus on achieving the highest grade possible in their final year and others may initially continue with their part-time job while they explore their options after graduating.

Find out more about the destinations of Brunel graduates in the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey results.



Page last updated: Tuesday 12 July 2011