(Original post by Graduate Recruitment Bureau)
How many parents and their offspring must have wrestled with the dilemma of what degree to choose recently now the deadline has passed for University applications?
Well, according to UCAS approximately 52,321 families! That’s a lot of slammed doors, shoulder shrugging and hair pulling. Have you chosen well for your hefty investment in your child’s higher education? Fear not, here at Graduate Recruitment Bureau (GRB) we have been starting the careers of thousands of graduates since 1997 the question were a re repeatedly asked by anxious parents of late is “Which degree guarantees a job?” Well, I’ll cut to the chase and reveal that it is Computer Science. There, the cats out of the bag, study a Computer Science degree and you are guaranteed a job, we can all go home now. Well not quite. Over the last five years, Computer Science graduate placements are indeed top of the pops but only account for 17% of the total so it’s not a land slide.
Next up is Business then Mathematics, Economics and Physics. Taken together, these five subjects account for 58% of placements so now we can see the bigger picture. Choosing a numerate subject is where it’s at. Can’t fail. A dead cert. Yes for the majority, in our experience, this is the case but wait, is all lost if you chose an Arts degree? Tell me these graduates get jobs?! Well yes of course they do. They have just as much to offer to the right employer but what can happen, especially, if you have no relevant work experience, is that they can end up in non-graduate jobs and here’s the rub. Universities are being held to account for the employability for their graduates so you should be seeking this information too in order to make the right choice among over 100 Universities in the UK clamouring for your business.
If, however, you choose to ignore all this advice and instead opt for a degree subject that your son or daughter simply likes and is good at then who are we to say that their University experience will not give you or them a “return on investment”. University is so much more than getting a certificate. It’s about developing a habit for learning, critical thinking, growing up, indulging in a subject you want to know everything about, having fun and making friends for life. Whichever path your son or daughter has chosen you can be safe in the knowledge that there are a privileged generation able to enjoy one of life’s greatest opportunities the UK can offer.
Degree Subject % In Work
Computer Science 17%
Other Science 4%
Other Engineering 3%
Mechanical Engineering 3%
Electronic Engineering 2%