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Graduate Experience By Sector

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Talent Trends

In keeping with the “back to school” feeling of late September, we decided to have a look at what kind of work experience recent graduates are doing. We analysed the duration of graduates’ work experience by sector to find out which were the 10 most common. These are the results…

The Results

Hospitality and Leisure rank first as the most common sector graduates have had experience in. This comes as no surprise as this sector has fairly low barriers to entry and can provide students and recent graduates with useful part-time work.

Interestingly, Engineering ranks second, with an average of 67 weeks (roughly 1 year and 15 weeks) of work experience. This may be due to an increasingly competitive job market with many recent graduates struggling to get a job, despite the shortage of engineers in the UK. So potential engineers could be doing even more work experience to gain an edge over their peers.

In third place we have News & Media. The amount of work experience graduates are doing in this sector suggests that long internships are common practice before they are offered formal employment. This can be especially true in journalism where a few months, usually unpaid, is almost deemed a prerequisite for a getting a job.

So what?

Overall, it’s clear to see that UK graduates are a hardworking bunch who have done an average of 43 weeks work experience! It’s no secret that in an increasingly competitive job market employers are placing more and more emphasis on work experience, rather than other factors, such as degree classification.

This is reflected in the mentality of many university students – who are now clamouring for the best internships and work experience schemes. Yet, the unstoppable rise of work experience and internships may not prove beneficial to graduates in the long-term, especially if these internships are prolonged and unpaid.

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