University is a hot topic both in the news and on social media at the moment, particularly concerning fees and whether there’s a job at the end.
OnePoll asked 1000 people who graduated in the last 10 years about how they benefitted from university and whether it was really worth it.
In terms of skills gained and what was learned, most believed their undergraduate degree was worthwhile (58%), although views vary among different graduates.
66% of IT/ computing graduates and 63% of social science and humanities graduates said their degree was worthwhile but only 33% of media graduates said the same.
Generally, 40% believe you need a university degree to get a good job and 40% agree that doing a degree has prepared them for the real world of work.
32% of employed graduates are in a ‘graduate job’ and 48% said they utilize the skills they learnt at university in work on a daily basis. However, 31% said they are in a job where their degree is not directly relevant.
15% of Performing Arts graduates currently work in the hospitality sector and 13% of Geography graduates work in retail.
Many graduates go on to postgraduate study after university.
Most people do a masters degree to further their job prospects (50%) or get a particular job that they want (36%).
Obviously further study means more financial consideration so postgraduates use a combination of a loan (36%), savings (36%) and working (33%) as means to fund their postgraduate study.
Higher education has come into some controversy recently regarding student loans with the government aiming to sell off all pre 2012 loans to private businesses by 2015.
According to stats, only 14% of ex – students are completely aware of these plans. 61% didn’t know anything about it.
Those that have heard of these plans think it’s a betrayal (21%) and makes them distrust the government (35%). Although 9% think it’s a good way for the government to save money, 22% of 18-24s are now considering not voting conservative in next year’s election.
43% of 18-24s even believe this will put people off applying to University.
Overall, stats show some success for people that went to university. Despite the financial gamble, many graduates do end up in a graduate job or at least a job using skills they learned, even if not wholly relevant to what they studied.