Working-Class Graduates Less Likely to Get Jobs
Cassidy, Sarah, The Independent on Sunday (London, England)
For the bulk of Britain's graduates the chance of getting the "interesting and meaningful work" they wanted is slim, says a damning new report.
Good graduate jobs remain available to an elite, while candidates from working-class backgrounds fail to find posts because of the "over supply" of suitable candidates, new research shows.
The Government's drive to widen access to higher education has done little to boost the chances of graduates from poor backgrounds joining the UK's professional elite, according to the study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
One major employer told researchers that it received more than 14,000 applications for 426 graduate jobs.
Oxford graduates had a one in eight chance of success, while the ratio for those applying from new universities was one in 235. The study points out that a large proportion of working-class graduates attend new universities.
"There is still an elite," concludes the study by Professor Phil Brown, of Cardiff University, and Dr Anthony Hesketh, of Lancaster University Management School.
However, the elite has been broadened to include graduates from 17 research- led universities, such as Birmingham, Warwick, Manchester and Bristol, as well as Oxford and Cambridge.
"The stereotype of Oxbridge man is no longer the gold standard in a number of organisations. The `gentlemen' are losing out to female and male `players' who combine elite credentials with other aspects, as employers look for `cosmopolitans' rather than locals. …