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Graduates' first jobs 'last 18 months'

A graduate will be in their first job for an average of 18 months, according to the latest poll which has revealed university-leavers' attitudes about the UK job market.

The research, carried out by The Marketers' Forum, polled 2,000 graduates who have finished university within the past ten years and found that the main reason for handing in their notice were that they felt they had chosen the wrong career, or simply not getting on with colleagues.

One in five of the 42 per cent who had already left their first job admitted they quit within the first six months, with 15 per cent saying they had chosen the wrong field of work altogether.

However, for 40 per cent of those who had left their graduate jobs, the main reason was that they were not able to progress up the career ladder, and sought opportunities elsewhere with better chances of progression.

Of those questioned, 33 per cent said would still go to university and study the same degree if they had the choice, while 22 per cent would opt for a different degree altogether.

If given the choice, less than a fifth of respondents said they would not go to university at all and instead do professional qualifications or on-the-job training, though 13 per cent claimed they would do both by going to university and doing professional qualifications.

Commenting on the research, Quentin Crowe, managing director of The Marketers' Forum, said it appears that some people could be rushing into a job or even a career which is not right for them or they are not properly qualified for.

"The research sends a stark message to young people about to finishing their A levels. Be absolutely certain about their university and degree choices and, if not, explore wider options now to avoid disappointment three years down the line," he added.

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Posted by John Oak

13/06/2012

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