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Thursday, 16 October 2014

UCAS personal statement advice

Expert advice and tips on writing  the UCAS Personal Statement

A group of careers advisers and admissions tutors were asked for their key tips for writing the personal statement. This is what they said:

“ urge BTEC students to be very specific about their non-core units and grades. Some universities will differentiate between candidates who have done specific units.”

“ Use the ABC approach:

A - Activity - what you did
B - Benefit - how has this benefited you - e.g. relevant skills gained (communication, organisation, responsible, teamwork, etc...)
C - Course - relating back to the course you're applying to.”

“ Find clues from the course outlines on institution websites and on sites such as UCAS.”

Friday, 10 October 2014

What do Ecologists do?

Career Guidance

Ecologists study the complex and delicate relationships between animals, plants, people and their physical surroundings, commonly referred to as an ecosystem or the environment.

They carry out a wide range of tasks relating to their specialist area of knowledge, for example freshwater ecology, marine mammals, birds, fauna or flora.

This job role is diverse and is dependent on the employer and the nature of the work. It can include:

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

UK Labour Market: Graduates in non-graduate roles

In 2013 the Office for National Statistics published its report 'Graduates in the UK Labour
Market 2013'.  This post summarises some of the key points from that report.

In April to June 2013 there were 31 million people in the UK not enrolled on any educational course who were either men aged between 21 and 64 or women aged between 21 and 59.

12 million of these people were graduates, meaning they held a qualification above A level standard.
The percentage of graduates in the population has risen from 17% in 1992 to 38% in 2013.

In 2013 graduates were more likely to be employed, less likely to be searching for work and less likely to be out of the labour force (inactive) than those people with lower qualifications or no qualifications.

However the percentage of graduates working in non-graduate roles has risen, particularly since the 2008/09 recession. This suggests the increasing supply of graduates and the possible decrease in demand for them has had an effect on the type of job they are doing.

Some Key Facts

  • In 2013 there were 12 million graduates in the UK.
  • Steady increase in the number of graduates in the UK over the past decade.
  • In April to June 2013 graduates were more likely to be employed than those who left education with qualifications of a lower standard.
  • Non-graduates aged 21 to 30 have consistently higher unemployment rates than all other groups.
  • Non-graduates aged 21 to 30 have much higher inactivity rates than recent graduates.
  • Over 40% of graduates worked in the public administration, education and health industry.
  • Graduates were more likely to work in high skilled posts than non-graduates.
  • Annual earnings for graduates reached a higher peak at a later age than the annual earnings for non-graduates.
  • In 2013 those graduates that had an undergraduate degree in medicine or dentistry were the most likely to be employed and had the highest average gross annual pay.
  • Graduates from the top UK universities earned more than graduates from other UK universities.
  • Male graduates were more likely to have a high or upper middle skill job than female graduates.
  • Six in every ten people who lived in Inner London were graduates.