Health most popular area for graduate employment

Employment prospects strong according to What Do Graduates Do?

Health and associated professions are the most popular career choice for the
2005 graduating cohort, with 13.2% of graduates entering this sector, according to the latest What Do Graduates Do? 2007 report, published by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU).

The 13.2% of graduates entering the health sector is up from 12.8 per cent of last year's graduating cohort entering this field. The majority of graduates entering this field came from highly vocational medical or nursing degrees.

The What Do Graduates Do? 2007 report tracks the initial career destinations of the 2005 first degree and HND graduating cohort, and examines the employment market by type of work and subject of study. The report is published by HECSU, AGCAS, the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service and aims to provide a guide for Year 11 and 12 students, parents and careers advisors on the potential initial employment prospects provided by different degree subjects.

A range of options

What Do Graduates Do? highlights the breadth of careers available to graduates, and the lack of restrictions a degree subject can place on a the choice of a graduate career. For example, managerial roles are popular with the graduating cohort, with 9.5 per cent starting their career in management. These jobs are most popular with business and management graduates and marketing graduates, but a range of subjects have an above average intake into this field including politics, economics, architecture and building and geography.

Mike Hill, the chief executive of HECSU, commented:

"For the first time ever this year we have seen the number of graduates reach over a quarter of a million and the employment prospects for them look strong.
Graduates are continuing to pursue a wide range of careers employing the breadth of skills that their degree has equipped them with. We are also seeing that graduates are unafraid to pursue careers that do not relate directly back to their course, indicating the vast career opportunities a degree offers."

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Notes to editors

The full report is available online at or contact Henry Rummins/ Graham Smith on 020 7631 0737.

Interviews are available with Mike Hill, chief executive of HECSU and Charlie Ball, What Do Graduates Do? Project Manager and joint HECSU editor. Please contact Lynsey Bonell or Graham Smith on 020 7631 0737 to arrange.

WDGD? 07 surveyed 206,965 graduates, 80.7 per cent of total 2005 graduating cohort of 256,460.

HECSU is a registered charity that supports the work of higher education careers services in the UK and Republic of Ireland and funds major research projects that benefit the higher education careers sector. Graduate Prospects is the commercial subsidiary of HECSU and has been bringing students, graduates and recruiters together for over 30 years.

AGCAS represents the Careers Services and over 1450 professional staff in over
134 institutions of Higher Education throughout the UK and Ireland.  It enhances their activities through collaboration in areas such as professional development, raising quality standards, the gathering and dissemination of information on graduate careers and the production of information products and services, including many of those produced by Graduate Prospects, for HE students and graduates.

UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services is the central organisation processing applications to degree, HND and other higher education courses at universities and colleges.

For further information:

Henry Rummins/ Graham Smith,
Twelve Consultancy
T 020 7631 0737

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