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Myths about the graduate labour market – Number 2: Everyone goes to university nowadays

Each week* I will be tackling a common myth about university, graduates and the labour market and showing the data and research surrounding them so you can judge how valid those statements are. I started with the big one – that there are too many people getting degrees.

Next up, a related myth – that ‘everyone gets a degree nowadays’.

*may not be, strictly speaking, one post every week.

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Myths about the graduate labour market – Number 1: We have too many graduates

It’s been some time since I last tackled the most common myths currently circulating about graduates and the graduate labour market. The current state of the graduate labour market is a little murky in the post-EU-referendum economy, but the broad trends and themes are still current and so we will touch on those questions as we go.

Over the next few days I will examine some of the key misconceptions that circulate  in media and civil discussion and occasionally even in universities and policy, about graduates and the graduate labour market. In response, I will try to demonstrate a balanced picture of what is taking place.

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A degree no longer guarantees you a job

It’s time for people to stop saying ‘a degree no longer guarantees you a job’.

This is a kind of zombie factoid that doesn’t have much merit but is nevertheless repeated as parts of public narrative on graduate outcomes, and it needs to stop.

It ties together a number of myths to create a very misleading impression both about current and historic graduate outcomes and about the worth of higher education in general – not bad for just eight words, two of which are ‘a’.

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