In March 2010 The Student Room conducted research among 1,010 users of it’s website, including sixth formers, undergraduates and graduates. The findings provide new insight into the career aspirations and motivations of British young people and graduates. There are clear lessons for the recruitment sector.
Summary of findings
Employers will need to change their graduate recruitment strategies as research reveals a new generation of university leavers are focused, ambitious and following long-term career paths.
And this trend is set to continue, as the next wave of graduates make their career decisions earlier still.
According to new research from The Student Room, the UK’s leading student social networking site, a majority (56 per cent) of working graduates deliberately chose their current job as it would provide a boost towards their preferred, long-term career.
Far from a stop gap role, they are taking it upon themselves to maximise their employability and get the most out of these so-called ‘booster’ jobs. Forty per cent are using their current role to hone their skills, 32 per cent to gain the experience they need for their chosen career and 21 per cent to get foot in the door to their ideal job.
Their sense of determination is reflected in the fact that eight out of 10 (83 per cent) graduates are clear that they will eventually work in their preferred career.
They are also prepared to take several steps to fulfil their long-term ambitions. Half of today’s university leavers (48 per cent) expect to have three or more careers during their working lives – and one in 20 (four per cent) more than five.
This means companies will need to change their thinking about recruitment and retention. Quality graduate entrants will no longer be 21-year-olds fresh from university, and may require a range of remuneration and benefits packages to remain in a job – especially if it is seen as only a stepping stone to another position.
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TSR Recruitment trends whitepaper (March 2010)