The first week of 2012 is nearly over, but let's look back at the graduate news of 2011. Last year saw many graduated related issues hit headlines, here I reflect on a few.

Another statistic

Graduates have been highlighted a lot in the news in 2011 with the high numbers that are struggling to find work. The latest report stated that around 20% of graduates are unemployed, a figure that has almost doubled since the start of the recession in 2008. The BBC tried to tackle this head on, creating an initiative 'BBC Up For Hire' and we at continue to offer quality graduate jobs ranging from Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to large companies as well as top tips including how to create a job search strategy, ways to improve your application process and insights into creating your own personal brand.

Culture of unpaid internships

Headlines last year also talked about the culture of unpaid internships. This is a topic that has seen a lot of attention in 2011 and something I briefly posted a while ago too. Unpaid internships have become normality amongst university students and graduates as employers increasingly want them to have more and more experience. The situation has resulted in the introduction of such services that offers work experience that students pay for, causing a bigger stir to an increasingly sensitive subject.

Tuition Fees

2011 also saw uproar in the decision to increase tuition fees. There was, and to an extent, still is, confusion to the exact details of the new tuition fees system and as such wasn't easy to initially grasp. This corresponds with a recent survey revealing that 71% admitting they do not know how much the new fees will be. The same survey reported that only 39% of A-level students plan to attend university with 67% of those stating this is due to the increased fees. With the first cohort under the new system starting at the end of 2012, this will likely continue to be a heated topic .

Those were a few snippets of the news in 2011 but don't forget, also launched in 2011 so if you are looking to study for a postgraduate degree, look no further. With a new year, do set yourself manageable goals when it comes to getting your graduate job, take a look at a previous post for some pointers. Do feel free to comment on how you think these events have or will affect you or your general thoughts by using the comment button. Alternatively, tweet us @graduatejobsuk and 'like' us on Facebook, we would love to hear from you! Happy New Year, we wish you all the best in finding your dream graduate job!