Graduates desert failing career service

Graduates struggling to find work after completing their courses say they have been let down by careers departments.

Graduates struggling to find work after completing their courses say they have been let down by  careers departments.

Research by the Graduate Recruitment Company suggests that careers services are under-funded, under-resourced and failing to help graduates find work.

The research will ring alarm bells for employers, who are expected to face shortages of graduates with the right IT skills as the job market picks up.

The findings come as E-Skills UK, the public/private sector training partnership, has begun working with employers to update IT careers material for universities. In some cases, careers material has not been updated for 25 years.

Two thirds of the graduates surveyed by the Recruitment Company say they are dissatisfied with the careers service, and 20% do not use it at all.

The survey found that the ratio of careers advisors to students is "shockingly low" ranging between 1,750 and 7,000 students per full-time adviser.

One third of graduates are still out of work three years after graduating, while many are forced to take low-paid, low-skilled admin jobs to get on the careers ladder.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that graduates are more likely to rely on families or the internet for job advice and opportunities, said Paul Farrer, chief executive of the Recruitment Company.

"It is time universities put more financial and human resources behind the careers services, and viewed students as fee-paying customers, not just binge-drinking youngsters," he said.


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