Number of graduates to join the job market falls

The
number of undergraduates expecting to join the job market after university has
fallen considerably since the 1990s, according to research.

The
Graduate Careers Survey 2002 claims that just 39 per cent of those in their last
year of university expect to join the graduate job market after their finals
have been completed. This is 10 per cent lower than those who expected to do
the same in 1998.

The
survey, which is based on interviews with 13,722 final-year graduates in the
UK, shows a fall of at least 1 per cent each year since 1999.

Along
with gaining employment directly after graduating, finalists are now just as
likely to want to go travelling or pursue further study, the survey claim.  www.highflyers.co.uk

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