Back when I was actually involved in doing careers work one of the highlights of the year was the emergence of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) survey on employers recruitment practices. It was one of the few pieces of research that we all devoured regularly and offered some really important insights.
Fast forward about 15 years and the AGR is now the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) and I’m just about to join them as their new Chief Research Officer. My first duty, before I officially start, was to help write this years Annual Student Recruitment Survey. The survey is only available to ISE members (find out about joining here). But some of the highlights are available in a press release.
Key findings include:
- hires overall increased 16% since last year;
- 57% of graduate hires were state schooled, compared to 91% of population; and
- current graduates are £1,500 worse off in real terms than those who graduated just before 2008 crash.
There has been quite a lot of discussion of this in the press over the last couple of days.
- The Independent, State school students underrepresented in top UK graduate schemes
- The Telegraph, Top graduate schemes dominated by private schools
- The Financial Times, Elite employers hire apprentices to tackle lack of diversity
I’m really excited that my first work with the ISE has allowed us to raise social justice issues to widely.