Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

University Degree Won't Mean You Get a Good Job, Students Told

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

University Degree Won't Mean You Get a Good Job, Students Told

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Byline: TIM ROSS

STUDENTS were warned not to go to university in the hope of a better-paid career today amid fresh evidence that thousands of graduates end up in menial jobs.

University-leavers can no longer count on earning more than their peers without degrees because the job market is flooded with graduates, academics said.

They also warned that some courses will cost students more to complete than they would ever earn back as a result.

The report by the 1994 Group, which represents 18 universities, found a gap in salaries between graduates who studied arts subjects and those who took sciences, even at the most prestigious universities. A gap also existed between graduates who had studied at traditional, research-based universities and graduates from less prestigious universities who earn less. Overall, a fifth of graduates were not in "graduate-level jobs" three and a half years after finishing their studies.

The findings cast doubt on government claims that graduates typically earn [pounds sterling]100,000 more over their lifetime than those who do not go to university. …

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