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Put yourself out there (while staying in): tips on graduate job...

This is a tough year to be a student looking for graduate jobs, with record redundancies, cancelled internships and a 23% reduction in entry level jobs. But while the landscape may have changed, there is a lot you can do to get noticed. We spoke to Tanya de Grunwald, author of How to Get a…

‘The job market isn’t totally on its knees’: why there’s hope...

Record redundancies, rising unemployment and declining job opportunities: it’s clear that the pandemic has wreaked havoc on the jobs market. Those at the beginning of their career are especially vulnerable, with entry level jobs slashed by nearly a quarter and 40% of placements and internships cancelled.Students could perhaps be forgiven, then, for feeling gloomy about…

Women gain more than men from master’s degrees, finds IFS

Women get the greatest financial benefits from taking postgraduate degrees, although their pay levels still lag well behind those of men with master’s degrees and doctorates, according to research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The study of people who took master’s degrees earlier in their career found that – compared with similar individuals…

‘Humanities graduates are just as employable’: do the sciences really lead...

Alongside Bill Gates’s rictus grin, floppy hair and thick glasses, and Steve Jobs’s iconic black top and blue jeans, one of technology’s most distinctive-looking personalities is a man called David Shing, an Australian marketing executive. His wild hair and denim jackets may make him look like a 1980s glam rocker dragged backwards through a hedge,…

Boost your job prospects or do what you love? How to...

For many students, working out what to study at university is guided by whether they want a route directly to a job, or to keep their options open. But sometimes it’s not easy to decide between the two. This was Morgan McArthur’s experience. She’s now a 21-year-old languages student at the University of Sheffield –…

Oxford University takes top spot in Guardian’s annual university guide

Oxford University has vaulted into top place in the Guardian’s annual universities guide for the first time in a decade, thanks to new employment data showing that more Oxford students are moving into graduate-level jobs after completing their studies. This year’s Guardian university guide sees Oxford moving up from third to first, while the University…

‘This isn’t an outdated ivory tower’: how Oxford university leapfrogged its...

It’s no secret that graduates from Oxford University can be found everywhere in the higher echelons of British public life. The university’s success in placing its graduates in jobs has seen it unseat Cambridge in the Guardian University Guide for the first time since 2011, pushing its traditional rival down to third place, behind St…

Majority of UK employers have had to cancel work experience due...

UK students hoping to enter the jobs market have had work experience placements postponed, interviews cancelled and job offers withdrawn as businesses struggle in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new survey has revealed. Three fifths of employers (61%) say they have had to cancel some or all of their work experience placements, with…

University changed my family’s life. So why do ministers want fewer...

My grandad worked for 42 years as an underground coal miner. My dad left school at 14 and worked for 28 years in a weaving factory until the recessions of the 1970s swept away his job and most of the UK textile industry. I had a different life: I stayed at school until I was…

Help springs up for UK graduates facing bleak job market

New graduates facing the toughest labour market for 75 years can increasingly turn to innovative schemes set up to redirect them into areas of need. At least 30% of university students have lost a job or an offer of a job after the sharpest monthly increase in unemployment on record. At the same time, competition…

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