Figures show graduates still clinching jobs

Despite the economic downturn and the challenges facing the West Midlands region, graduates from the University are still managing to secure jobs.

The figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show 89.2% of University of Wolverhampton graduates are in employment or further study six months after finishing their studies.

The University has an unemployment rate of 7.5% among its graduates, which is better than the national average of 9.1%.

Dean of Students, Jon Elsmore, said: “The West Midlands region is an area of high unemployment so we are pleased that our students are continuing to secure jobs in a tough market after graduating.

“This is also set against the national context of the tough economic climate, with some estimates suggesting that 70 graduates were applying for each job.

“The University has a dedicated Careers and Employment Service which remains available to graduates after they leave us, and our message is that there are opportunities out there. We also encourage students to gain work experience or volunteer alongside their studies to boost their employability.”

The figures are from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Institutions 2008/09 survey, which is conducted each year.

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