Wales has a proud academic history and certainly proves it can run with the rest of the UK in terms of producing highly qualified and highly skilled graduates for the working world. But we wanted to know what made graduates from Wales different to those from the rest of the UK, in terms of career ambitions, academic attainment and whether they had work experience or not.
|International Management Trainee (Cardiff)||Wales||£21k basic, £42k OTE|
|BAE Systems - Chemist||Wales||£25,000 to £28,000|
|Mortgage Helpline Advisor / Trainee Mortgage Advisor - Wolverhampton||Wolverhampton||£18,000 to £20,000 + benefits + Bonus|
|Finance Graduate - Automotive - NSG Group||West Midlands||£23,000 – £26,000 P.A. + benefits|
|Creative Consultant - Times Top 100 - Best Company to Work F||South East, London, West Midlands, North West, North East||£23,000+ negotiable depending on experience + stock options + benefits + OTE + Bonus + expenses + share scheme|
|Junior Database Developer Administrator||West Midlands||40k to 45k|
|Graduate Recruitment Consultant - Birmingham||West Midlands||£17,000 to £20,000 negotiable depending on experience|
|Award Winning Graduate Scheme for Recruiters||South East, London, East Midlands, West Midlands, North West||20 to 28K + OTE negotiable depending on experience + stock options + benefits + OTE + Bonus + expenses + share scheme|
|German Speaking Consultant||London, Central, East Midlands, West Midlands||20 to 30K negotiable depending on experience + benefits + OTE + Bonus + expenses|
|Graduate Trainee Recruitment Consultant||West Midlands||16k to 18k|
To see whether graduates from Wales showed any major differences between themselves and the rest of the UK (rUK), we took a look at the graduates from Welsh universities between the 2009 and 2014 to see if graduates from Wales showed any remarkable difference in their attainment, ambition and employability.
Starting by looking at their sector choices, graduates from Wales were not too different from the rest of the UK, with the top two most popular sectors being the same as the rest of the UK's. The one thing that did stand out was the proportion of the graduates from Wales who wanted to work in Management. The 36.4% of graduates who wanted to work in this particular sector was well ahead of the 28.5% national average, and proportionally much higher than any other city or part of the UK.
In terms of degree classifications awarded from Welsh universities, it appears that it is much more difficult to be awarded the top mark of a First Class degree, with graduates from Wales being among the lowest in the UK. The amount of graduates who left a Welsh university with a First Class degree stood at 8.3%, much lower than the national average of 9.8%, with only Nottingham, Sheffield and Northern Ireland where an even lower percentage of graduates achieved a First.
However, graduates from Wales are nearly as likely to receive a 2.1 classification for their degree, with 48% of graduates from Wales receiving this level of degree and the national average standing at 48.1%.
Work experience is often believed to be the counter part of a graduate's degree, so that they can prove to employers they are the full package. Graduates from Wales are no exception to the problems that employers are finding. Only 15.3% of graduates from Welsh universities had work experience, although this was not that far off the national average of 16.6%. Graduates from Welsh universities are also not the worst, with Liverpool and Newcastle having even lower percentage of graduates with work experience.
|Graduate Jobs by sector in Wales|
|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|
|News for Graduate Jobs in Wales||Date|
|Welsh Water launches new cynllun graddedigion…||13 May 2015|