One in four graduates would choose a different university

Graduates
are questioning the value of their university education in the modern job
market, a new survey claims.

According
to the first annual Student Survey, produced by doctorjob.com, if they had
their time again, more than one in four graduates would have chosen to go to a
different university, and more than 60 per cent would consider doing a
different degree subject.

The
survey found that those from ‘new’ universities – the former polytechnics and
colleges – are missing out as employers continue to target the established ‘red
brick’ institutions and Oxbridge and use A Level results to select candidates
for interview.

The
survey claims that as students at the ‘new’ universities, by and large, have
poorer A Level results, they are suffering in the current job market.

Chris
James, head of the careers service at Liverpool John Moores University, said:
Big employers express the desire to have greater workplace diversity, yet the
recruitment methods they use – online applications, UCAS points and the
targeting of institutions – actually have the reverse effect.

"New
universities, with the most diverse student populations and relevant vocational
programmes, are the major losers in this process.”

To
download a full version of the survey visit www.groupgti.com/press

By Quentin Reade

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