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Published: 03 July 2014

First for graduate employability

The University of Surrey is number one for graduate employability when compared with chartered universities in England. According to data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), 97 per cent of our 2013 graduates were in work (or further study) six months after graduation.

No other university is able to match our outstanding performance in the employment league tables (we have excluded specialist universities and colleges, such as those with single subject offerings).

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey also showed that more than 80 per cent of jobs were classed as graduate-level.

“This is very welcome news,” said John Watkins, Director of the Careers Service at the University.

“I’m especially pleased to see the quality of jobs that our graduates are securing in what is still a tough job market. Our students have worked hard throughout their time at Surrey to gain the right skills and experience to put themselves ahead of the pack, taking full advantage of the range of employability initiatives on offer at the University.”

The Professional Training placement programme remains a popular choice for students, with over 2,300 partner organisations ranging from major businesses to small and medium sized enterprises across the world, including placements in China, New Zealand and Australia. Most Surrey students are paid on placement and visited up to three times a year by an academic member of their department. In recent years, the University has put in place a number of schemes for students including increased support and workshops for first years.

Alex Tromp, who will graduate with a degree in Sociology, Culture and Media this summer, spent her placement year working at Walt Disney and has secured a job at the Head Office at John Lewis as a Merchandising Administrator.

“Apart from a Saturday job in Sainsbury’s, I hadn’t really had much work experience before coming to Surrey. I realised competition for placements was going to be strong, so I began applying for internships halfway through my first year. I got my CV checked through the Careers Service and talked over applications processes. Not long after, I managed to secure a two month placement with the Maybourne Hotel Group in London, working in their Marketing department,” said Alex.

“After that, I needed to decide where I wanted to spend my placement year. This was a difficult choice, but the University advised me on different options and directed me to some really good websites, which is where I found the placement advert for The Walt Disney Company.

“I’m very glad I did a placement as it helped me to focus my graduate job hunt on a specific area/department. It also gave me the experience of different job applications.

“When applying for my graduate job at John Lewis, I made sure to utilise the help on offer through Surrey’s Careers Service, including mock interviews with the Careers Adviser.”

Find out more about Surrey’s Professional Training placement programmes and careers and employability.

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