Posted by Aston Avery

Students and graduates unsure about next steps

As the class of 2022 get ready to complete higher education this summer, four out of five (83%) final year university students and recent graduates feel anxious about making the right decision when it comes to what their future career should be.

Almost three quarters (72%) agree that, given the number of graduate career options that exist, at times they have felt overwhelmed and unable to make a definitive decision when it comes to their future career path.

When asked what factors influence their thinking the most, more than two fifths (45%) say choosing a career that will allow them a sense of pride in what they do, while a similar amount (44%) want a stable salary/financial security. This is reflected by the fact that almost three quarters (73%) feel they ought to future-proof their career prospects by searching in an established or growing sector where their subject knowledge and skills are in demand.

The survey of over 2,000 final year students and recent graduates in England was carried out for Get into Teaching – the national campaign aimed at encouraging people to consider teaching as a career. It explores how today’s higher education cohort feel when it comes to making decisions about their future career and what factors are influencing their decisions.

Aston spoke to career coach Alice Stapleton and Roger Pope, spokesperson for the Get Into Teaching campaign and a national leader of education.

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