press release
Published: 04 July 2014

Employability up to 96.9% for Surrey graduates

Figures announced today from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) reveal what students from across the UK are doing six months after graduation. The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey found that 96.9% of Surrey graduates in 2013 were in work or further study, with more than 80% classed as graduate-level jobs. This puts the University top of the universities in England (excluding private providers) in the national table.

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

“I am especially pleased to see the quality of jobs that our graduates are securing in what is still a tough job market. It is not a time to be complacent. 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.”

In recent years, the University has put in place a number of schemes for students including increased support and workshops for first years. The Professional Training Year remains a popular choice for students, with 2,300 partner organisations in the scheme ranging from major businesses to small and medium sized enterprises across the world, including in China, New Zealand and Australia.

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 now 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 got much experience before coming to university. 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 make the decision on where I wanted to spend my placement year. This was a difficult choice, but I was advised on the different options and directed 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 tools on offer through the Careers Service, such as books about the company, videos on what to expect in the different stages of the application process and I also booked in for mock interviews with the Careers Adviser.

“My biggest piece of advice would be don’t give up and make use of everything on offer to help you in the hunt!”

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