Original post by River85
And you can't make contacts with regional, national or international employers in non-London unis? There aren't internships on offer? The Careers Service at these universities don't offer support to students and host presentations by companies, careers fairs, employment skills workshops? The student can't use his or her own initiative and find work experience him or her self?
I really don't understand this "London advantage" talk, as if one can just walk into a Magic Circle firm or Lloyrds and strike up a coversation with the head of recruitment over a cup of coffee. It doesn't happen.
As for those who do work in London; I know many who work, or worked, in London after graduating as anything from teachers, software developers, graphic designers, engineers, accountants and bankers. None of these went to London universities but the likes of Durham, Lancaster, Sheffield, Cambridge and....Northumbria!
The reason why that person remaisn unemployed is probably down to more than just where you went to unviersity. Their degree subject, for example (Creative advertising is not exactly the most in demand of subjects and there is a saturation of graduates with media and media related degrees). There's also work experience (does he/she have any? Did he/she make any attempt to get involved in constructive ECs? Volunteering for example?) not to mention the economic situation. Also, even if you do feel that the university you went to (and its location) has had a negative effect it doesn't mean all non-London universities, particularly Russell and 1994 Group universities, will.
The universities with the highest percentage of graduates are often outside London (Nottingham Trent, Robert Gordon, Bath, Newcastle, Strathclyde, Sheffield) as these often offfer vocational/techincal/professional courses (Medicine, Nursing, Dentisry, Engineering, Architecture) as well as the sciences, as well as storng careers service/links with regional and national employers.