No matter how far removed from the immediate vicinity of graduates and their prospects, every voting opportunity has a knock-on effect. Sometimes this is minute and other times it can be quite significant. The vote on AV is one that could have quite significant repercussions to you personally so it is worth thinking about and voting on.

For those who need filling in on how AV works; at the moment we have a first-past-the-post system. It is the most intuitive form of voting that you have probably done once or twice when voting for something at school or university - place your vote in the bag and then they are all counted, whoever has the most wins.

However, as is highlighted at every election, because we have a three-party system (there are three leading parties that gain the significant majority of votes; Labour, Conservative and LibDem) the winner is invariably a party that the minority of people have voted for. This is because, for example, the Conservatives may win with 40% of the votes, compared to Labour and LibDems both getting only 30%. They have the most votes, however 60% of people voted against them. AV, which stands for Alternative Vote, claims to fix this problem along with many others.

With AV you will list the parties/candidates in order of preference. If the number of first preference votes is lower than the majority (51%) then the candidate who came last is eliminated and the alternative preferences on these papers are counted and added as votes to the remaining parties. This is continued until one party passes the 50% mark and is declared the winner.

Which is the better system, as I am sure you've witnessed, is a matter of quite some debate but it is not one for us to pitch in on, it is up for you to decide and not our place to offer advice on. However, it is a very good idea to have a think about AV and what it could potentially mean to you.

If AV does go forward after today's vote and shakes up the voting system what effects will this have on you and your employment prospects over the years to come? Will smaller parties have a better chance of gaining a seat and what are their policies on things like tuition fees, job seeking benefits and so on? On the flip side, the no-to-AV crowd are stating that it will not make voting fairer, it will not increase the voting figures and that every vote will effectively be a tactical vote. If we are lead to believe what they say is that a good thing? Which will lead to less tuition fees and better graduate prospects?

Attempting to work out which will lead to what is a hard task, there are so many contingencies. However, what you should make sure you do is work out if you feel AV is a benefit to you, the country and our political system and then vote accordingly!