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What Do Graduates Do? October 2012
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Welcome to What Do Graduates Do 2012? This publication is the result of a close collaboration between the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU) and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS). It uses statistics drawn from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE), which is conducted by every university in the UK each year to try and establish what every graduate is doing six months after graduation. The figures are compiled by HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Agency) and are then used by HECSU to produce the tables and charts in this publication. Commentary in the form of editorials is provided by higher education careers advisers who work on a day-to-day basis with students, graduates and employers, in collaboration with members of the HECSU team. Overall editing and publishing is undertaken by HECSU. What Do Graduates Do? 2012 was written by the following members of HECSU and the Education Liaison Task Group (ELTG) of AGCAS HECSU: www.hecsu.ac.uk Jennifer Redman, Researcher, Project Manager of the publication and responsible for the production of the statistics sourced from the DHLE survey Charlie Ball, Deputy Director of Research, responsible for overseeing the production of the statistics AGCAS: www.agcas.org.uk Janice Montgomery, Senior Careers Adviser, University of Aberdeen and Chair of the ELTG Nicola Critchlow, Careers and Employability Adviser, Manchester Metropolitan University Vanessa Fernandes, Survey Project Officer, University of Glasgow Evan Hancock, Head of SOAS Careers Service, The Careers Group, University of London Graham Philpott, Careers Development Consultant, University of Reading Mary Macfarlane, Careers Consultant, University of Salford Daniel Penn, Careers Adviser, University of Bradford Special thanks to: Izzy Budd, HESA Chris Hicks, Graduate Prospects Sona Waddy and Paul Bird, UCAS HECSU, for supplying case studies from Real Prospects 2011 ISSN 1759 0973 ISBN 978 1 84016 179 3 (C) HECSU/AGCAS 2012. Material from this publication may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes provided What Do Graduates Do? is acknowledged. If material is required for commercial use, please contact HECSU in the first instance. Source of raw data: HESA Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2010/11. HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties Comments or questions about this publication should be directed to: Jennifer Redman, Higher Education Careers Services Unit, Prospects House, Booth Street East, Manchester, M13 9EP or Janice Montgomery, University of Aberdeen, Careers Service, The Hub, Elphinstone Road, Aberdeen AB24 3TU. To obtain further copies: If you would like to obtain further copies go to: www.hecsu.ac.uk Copies are priced at £14.95 including postage and packaging.
Contents 1. Introduction 2. Employment review 4. Regional overview of graduate employment 5. Graduates in further study 6. Graduates and self-employment 7. Developing your skills for employment 8. First degree all subjects 10. 12. 14. 16.
Science First degree Biology First degree Chemistry First degree Environmental, physical geographical & terrestrial sciences 18. First degree Physics 20. First degree Sports science 22. Mathematics, IT and computing 24. First degree Mathematics 26. First degree Computer science and IT 28. 30. 32. 34.
Engineering and building management First degree Architecture and building First degree Civil engineering First degree Electrical and electronic engineering 36. First degree Mechanical engineering 38. 40. 42. 44. 46. 48. 50.
Social sciences First degree Economics First degree Geography First degree Law First degree Politics First degree Psychology First degree Sociology
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