Birmingham is often referred to as the second city of the UK, and it is home to some of the best universities in the country. Students who study there and graduates who stay there are part of a leading European city but how does that impact their career ambitions, their academic achievement and how ready they are for the workplace?
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Home to several large universities in the West Midlands, Birmingham's students and graduates are still dwarfed in the vastness of the city. More recently being used as an alternative to London and the South East, graduates can find a range of opportunities there. However, for those who studied there we were interested to see what impact the great city had on them and their career plans.
We looked at data collected from graduates who registered to the site between 2009 and 2014 and compared their desired sectors, what grades they achieved and whether or not they had work experience. From the study we found that Birmingham still has the potential to compete not only with London, but the rest of the country also.
Birmingham, its universities and its graduates are a vast mix of backgrounds and ambitions and so we can see that from the most popular sectors amongst Birmingham's graduates they are right in line with the national average. Not only are the most popular sectors Management, Marketing, Banking, Advertising and PR and Finance, but they are also in the same order of popularity as those from the whole UK.
One thing to note about the results from Birmingham's graduates' career ambitions is that they are extremely varied and there is no outstanding career choice for the graduates. This can be seen in the small difference between the top 5 preferred sectors, there is just 7.6 percentage point gap between Management, chosen by 32.5% of Birmingham graduates and Finance chosen by 24.9%.
The policy on awarding different classifications of degree is not regulated and varies from university, however there must be something in the water in the West Midlands. Graduates from universities in Birmingham must be very attractive to employers as a staggering 11.5% of graduates received the top classification, a First Class. This is the second highest in the UK, second to Manchester, and well over the 9.8% UK average.
Looking at the figures for the work experience achieved by graduates from Birmingham you begin to wonder when they had time to fit it all in. Not only were Birmingham second highest in the UK for achieving the top classifications, but they were second highest in the UK for having work experience alongside their degree too.
An impressive 17.9% of graduates from Birmingham also had work experience to offer employers alongside their degree. This surpassed the national average of 16.6% and was only slightly behind Sheffield, who had 18.7% of graduates with work experience. This is something for Birmingham's graduates to feel confident about when applying for graduate jobs.
|Graduate Jobs by sector in Birmingham|
|Accounting||Internet / Digital Media|
|Advertising / Public Relations||Languages|
|Architecture & Construction||Legal & Law|
|Arts & Design||Management|
|Banking||Manufacturing and Production|
|Buying & Merchandising||Marketing|
|Computing & IT||Military & Defence|
|Customer Service||Public Sector & Services|
|Distribution & Logistics||Recruitment|
|Education & Teaching||Research & Analysis|
|Energy & Utilities||Retail|
|Environmental||Science & Technology|
|Finance||Secretarial & Business Admin|
|Food & Drink & Catering||Sports and Recreation|
|Insurance||Travel & Hospitality|