Date of release: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

More Greenwich graduates getting good jobs   Job prospects for Greenwich graduates have been improving rapidly, according to latest national figures.

Last summer's graduates are already on the way to successful careers, according to the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Six months after the end of their studies, the independent survey asks what graduates are doing: whether they are working, studying, unavailable for work (perhaps because they are travelling) or unemployed.

Greenwich graduates from 2014/15 are doing well, according to the survey findings:
93 per cent of those looking for work were already in jobs or further study by January 2016, an increase of five percentage points compared to last year.

Nearly two thirds (65 per cent) of those in work, study or seeking work had already secured graduate-level posts, or were enrolled on graduate or postgraduate courses. This is almost seven percentage points better than last year, which was itself nine percentage points better than the year before that.

Jon Sibson, Pro Vice-Chancellor with corporate responsibility for employability, explains: "Helping graduates into careers is a very important part of our mission as a university. This is an outstanding set of results, showing that Greenwich really works with its students, supporting them to achieve their ambitions and get the graduate jobs they deserve."

The survey findings reflect the success of the university's five point plan for employability.

Driving up standards in learning and teaching has helped students to achieve better degree results – something that is linked to better jobs.

Across all disciplines, the curriculum is focused on developing the skills that employers want, so that graduates can apply their knowledge in practical situations.

Outside of the classroom, the university boosts students' prospects by offering them opportunities to build a well-rounded CV, with plenty of extra-curricular activities.

Students are also helped to get real-life experience of the world of work, with part-time jobs, placements, internships and mentoring opportunities.

The last piece in the jigsaw is support for the large number of talented and resourceful budding entrepreneurs among the student body. These are encouraged and nurturing through a range of initiatives in the fields of business planning and social enterprise.

To find out more about the university's Employability & Careers Service: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/current-students/ecs

Students also receive local support in their faculties, where the quality of services has been recognised by the Times Higher Education awards.

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