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More Teesside students get graduate level jobs

17 July 2008 @TeessideUni

 

The jobs market is looking rosier for our graduates according to new figures.

Bill Greenwood, Head of the University's Careers Service, said: ‘The data published today by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) shows that Teesside is now in a rapidly improving jobs market for graduates.

‘We’ve recovered from a dip in the jobs market in 2006 which particularly hit the health sector and we’re now close to national average for graduates going straight into employment or on to higher-level further study.

‘And what’s really encouraging is that more of our graduates are working in jobs which require them to use their graduate skills.’

The figures look at the destination of students leaving higher education in the latter half of 2006 and the first half of 2007. They show that 91.3% of Teesside graduates who gained a first degree were either in work or undertaking further study six months after leaving the University.

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Leni Oglesby, said: ‘We are delighted that Teesside’s stronger performance in terms of graduate employment and further study rates reflects the strength and value of our programmes. It is highly significant that a large, and increasing, percentage of students leaving this University are going straight into graduate level jobs. At 65% of the total for those going straight into employment, I think this demonstrates that we are achieving our objective of creating a better educated and more highly skilled workforce for tomorrow.’