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.
Continue reading Myths about the graduate labour market – Number 2: Everyone goes to university nowadays
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.
Continue reading Myths about the graduate labour market – Number 1: We have too many graduates
This is an unabridged version of a section from my recent article in Graduate Market Trends about the Masters labour market in the UK. The first section, on Masters employment, is reproduced in unabridged form here.
There is a lively ongoing debate about the ‘graduate job’ and the question of which jobs require degrees. There is, however, consensus that a jobs market does exist for which first degrees are the main qualification and which is not always accessible for workers without this level of qualification.
Continue reading The ‘Masters job’. Does it exist and how could we examine it?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – a time when I get to look at what I said 12 months ago and see whether it turned out to be right. Or, alternatively, the bit where I mark my own homework and declare myself a genius.
This time last year I made five predictions about the graduate labour market. Let’s go through them one by one.
Continue reading Charlie’s Crystal Ball – how did I do in predicting the graduate labour market in 2015?
There is a lot of talk at the moment about using outcome-related metrics (often as part of the proposed Teaching Excellence Framework) as a measure of institutional quality.
Gordon McKenzie outlines some of the challenges here on WonkHE, whilst Steven Jones, writing for the Guardian, delivered a good summary of the seven rules the Framework ought to follow.
Continue reading Can we use outcomes data as a proxy for institutional quality?