Fewer graduates go straight into managerial jobs, research shows

The number of graduates finding managerial roles in the commercial, industrial and public sector six months after graduation has fallen, according to research.

The What Do Graduates Do? 2007 report showed a decrease in the number of graduates securing jobs as managers from 11% in 2005 to 9.5% last year.

One in five (21%) graduates with business and management studies degrees secured management positions six months after graduating, compared with 16% of those with politics degrees and 13% with economics degrees.

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) study, which surveyed 206,965 graduates, also found that 18% of marketing graduates entered management roles less than a year after leaving university.

Mike Hill, chief executive of HECSU, said: “Graduates are continuing to pursue a wide range of careers, employing the breadth of skills that their degree has equipped them with. We are also seeing that graduates are unafraid to pursue careers that do not relate directly back to their course, indicating the vast career opportunities a degree offers.”

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