47% of Graduates in the North West
Acknowledge They're No Better Off Having Studied
MUCH of the region's graduates have not
benefited from or used their degree in the world of work. New research conducted
by Able Skills, surveyed graduates across the region and found that many had
regrets. 47% feel they could be in the same position without a degree whilst 20%
said their degree was a waste of time.
28% of those surveyed in the area believe they could be earning more if they
started working straight from school and 17% wish they didn't go to university
at all. Perhaps because they are not using their degrees, 34% of North West
graduates have never used their qualification at work. But this doesn't look set
to change, 72% of employed graduates in the North West have no plans to move
jobs to make use of their studies.
The study also revealed the top 10 most useless degrees, as voted for by
employed graduates in the North West:-
► Film Studies.
PR and Communications.
Gary Measures, Managing Director of Able
Skills says:- "The education, education, education boom in the 90's has
had a knock on effect. Many graduates seem to have taken this on board without
seriously considering what they wanted to do post study. Evidently, further
education is not the best career route for everyone and is such an investment
that young people seriously need to consider their skill set and future before
taking on such a commitment of their time and money. More needs to be done to
educate young people on the other options available to prevent another
generation making the same mistakes when they could be earning and on a career
A lack of planning could be the problem as 48% didn't know what they wanted to
do with their degree after studying, or ended up doing something else entirely.
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