Kingston University ‘confident’ as graduate jobs take huge hit in 8% market fall

Kingston University declared they are ‘confident’ in the face of a smaller graduate jobs market this week, boasting a 7.9% increase of graduate employment in the last academic year.

In June and July an Association of Graduation Recruiters (AGR) survey uncovered that just 19,732 graduate positions were available this year in comparison to last years’ promising 21,427 – the near 8% drop symbolising the first dip in the market since 2012.

A Kingston University spokesperson said: “We are confident that our innovative and industry-recognised careers and employability provision will continue to help increasing numbers of our students realise their career dreams.”

This comes as the latest employment figures provided by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that Kingston University’s graduate employment totals have increased for the fourth year running.

The university spokesperson said: “Last year’s Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey, which gathers information on students within six months of their graduation, evaluated that 93.5%, or more than 2,500 Kingston University students, were in employment or further study.

“Kingston University is committed to delivering exceptional employability support and guidance for all our students through KU Talent – the universities careers and employability team.

“Our success in helping boost students up the career ladder has been acclaimed by industry and media alike.”

In 2014 the university picked up the Best Preparation for Work Strategy award from the Association of Graduation Recruiters (AGR), having previously welcomed figures such as ITN’s Sir Trevor McDonald and Channel Four’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy to run employability workshops.

The workshops, covering topics such as LinkedIn, careers in film, television and forensic media and legal reporting, also involve working hand in hand with industry.

The university spokesperson concluded: “We run interactive events and training sessions which provide inclusive, comprehensive and accessible support.”

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