From The BBC:
This year will be the worst time to graduate in two decades, a survey of employers suggests.
The research is sure to spread gloom among students gearing up for their final exams.
We look at the key issues:
Is this the worst time ever for UK graduates?
The long term trend has been for growth in graduate-level employment, but there have been other bad spells.
Employment rates among graduates have generally grown over the past 30 years, but there were difficult times in the early 1980s, ’90s and in 2002/3, according to Graduate Prospects, the commercial arm of the UK’s Higher Education Careers Services Unit (Hecsu).
The latest study, from High Fliers Research, found recruitment targets among 100 top UK firms had been cut by 17% for this year.
Chief executive of Graduate Prospects and Hecsu Mike Hill says times are hard – but graduates have come through difficult times before – the most recent being the collapse of the dot.com boom in 2002/3.
“Graduates should not panic. There a…