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Greater proportion of building and design students find jobs within six months

The employment rate for recent architecture and building graduates has increased, according to new research.

A survey by research body the Higher Education Careers Services Unit found that 83.6 per cent of those gaining degrees in these subjects last summer were working this January.

This was up from 80.3 per cent in the previous January, and well above the 75.6 per cent average across all subjects this year.

Less than half of the building and architecture graduates were working in the professions they studied, however, with 5 per cent in retail or catering, including bar staff, and 4 per cent in marketing, public relations or sales.

The employment rate was 78.8 per cent for recent civil engineering graduates; 76.6 per cent in electrical and electronic engineering; and 79.5 per cent for mechanical engineering. All these figures were increases compared with the previous year.

Hecsu deputy director of research Charlie Ball said: “The last 18 months are a fascinating example of how quickly the market can change, with graduates from construction-related subjects enjoying one of the most dramatic improvements in their employment outcomes.

“The variations in the employment rates of these graduates reflect the complex relationship between the construction industry and the economy.

“Students must bear this in mind when deciding which subject to study. It’s vital that they seek careers advice early and take work experience to better inform their decisions and prepare for employment.”

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