To measure the employment success of its graduates, the University has commissioned annual surveys to follow up with graduates and find out about their careers. The questions in these surveys are broadly based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey which UK-based universities undertake with their recent graduates.
The latest survey of the class of 2017 showed that 88% of graduates who responded were engaged in work or further study six months after graduation. 82% had gained permanent jobs.
As to be expected, a higher proportion of postgraduates were in graduate level employment compared to undergraduates who were more likely to be engaged in study, training or research.
Most graduates felt that their University of London degree helped them to obtain their job, with 77% stating that it gave them an advantage amongst other candidates. Of the graduates who were entering new jobs, the most common reason for accepting the role was because it 'fitted in with their career plan/it was exactly the type of job they wanted'. Others accepted the job as a stepping stone towards their desired role.
Professor Mary Stiasny OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and Chief Executive, University of London Worldwide, commented:
The ability of our graduates to obtain careers in their chosen field signifies the quality of degrees offered through our distance and flexible learning programmes.
The majority of graduates agreed that their programme met their needs and allowed them to develop their skills and knowledge in a variety of areas including strengthening independent learning skills, gaining confidence in tackling unfamiliar situations or problems, and managing their time effectively.
Graduates reported that the top three impacts of their experience were:
- Enhanced social and intellectual capabilities beyond employment
- Progression towards long-term career aspirations
- Enhanced quality of life
Graduates were also very likely to recommend studying through the University of London to others, with an average response of 8.1 out of 10 (10 being most likely to recommend to others).
Following up with the class of 2018
The University of London has just launched the Graduate Destinations Survey through an independent market research agency, IFF, to follow up with the class of 2018. All alumni who graduated in 2018 should receive an email from IFF inviting them to participate in the survey. If you have been asked to participate, please ensure that you complete the survey to keep the University informed of graduate employment outcomes.