Top unis to get you job-ready: Which? University Student Survey 2018
Which universities make students feel 'job-ready' and prepared to tackle the graduate job market? This is what students said...
Simply put, you'll want a university that makes you 'job-ready', so to speak.
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What does 'job-ready' mean?This can really depend on the course you study. Some subjects lead onto a career path more seamlessly than others, such as teacher training, nursing, medicine and law. These are quite focused areas where you learn specific skills and knowledge for job roles that are usually in high demand (although there is room to specialise within them, eventually).
That's not to say you should rest on your laurels if you're studying one of these subjects, though. The degree, experience and skills you achieve will open up more graduate opportunities and help you stand out, which is where you university can give you an edge.
For example, a university's links with top-notch law firms can give you a way in when it comes to work experience or your training contract.
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On the other hand, subjects such as English and modern languages can be quite broad. While you'll pick up a range of transferable skills, you can take into a variety of jobs, sectors and workplaces – such as communicating ideas and working in a team – your university might assist you in other ways when it comes to your graduate prospects. This could include careers fairs to give you career ideas, CV workshops and so on.
Therefore, being 'job-ready' can mean different things to different students.
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Which universities are rated top for job readiness?We asked students to rate their university on how focused they were on helping make them job-ready, ahead of graduating.
Based on their responses and our analysis, the following 38 universities were rated highly for job-readiness (in alphabetical order):
- Aston University
- Bristol, University West of England
- Brunel University
- Cardiff Metropolitan University
- City, University of London
- Coventry University
- De Montfort University
- Harper Adams University
- Imperial College London
- Keele University
- Liverpool John Moores University
- Loughborough University
- Northumbria University
- Norwich University of the Arts
- Nottingham Trent University
- Queen's University Belfast
- Robert Gordon University
- St George's, University of London
- Staffordshire University
- Teesside University
- University of Bath
- University of Bradford
- University of Derby
- University of East Anglia
- University of Essex
- University of Leeds
- University of Liverpool
- University of Manchester
- University of Nottingham
- University of Portsmouth
- University of Reading
- University of Salford
- University of Sheffield
- University of Strathclyde
- University of Surrey
- University of the Arts London
- University of Ulster
- York St John University
Note, an honourable mention goes to the University of Abertay who was also rated highly for job readiness; however, it didn't meet our minimum respondent threshold to be included in our full analysis.
Students at the above 38 universities said they felt prepared to find a job upon graduating. However, that doesn't mean this translates to a job in reality once those students graduate and begin applying for jobs and graduate schemes.
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About the Which? University Student Survey 2018
We asked students to score their university on how focused they were on helping them become job-ready once they graduated, as part of the annual Which? University Student Survey. Each year, Which? commissions this independent survey of current higher education students in the UK to find out more about their experience of university.
We surveyed a total of 5,081 students from over 127 institutions this year, merging findings from our 2017 and 2016 surveys to give an overall sample of 10,754 students. The survey sample used to analyse the job ready category was made up of 2nd and 3rd year students from all three surveys. Our minimum threshold was 30 respondents per university – standard for our surveys that use this linear plotting technique, and is based upon empirical testing of a range of sample sizes we carried out in 2014.
Statistical differences between groups of universities were identified as follows. For each measure, a mean score on the 1-10 scale was calculated for each university. Analysis of variance was used to establish whether there were any significant differences between the means, and then a linear plotting technique was used to identify significant breaks between the means of groups of universities. The groups with the highest mean scores were reported as 'highly rated'.
All surveys were conducted by YouthSight on behalf of Which?, in March/April of the respective year.
Please note, student comments in this feature range from 2014-2018.