It’s my biggest fear professionally: that we’ll continue to supply more graduates than the economy can absorb. But we’re not there yet.
Even though we have left the long period of high growth coupled with low inflation for more uncertain times, I’m still aware of plenty of work/placement/graduate career opportunities (I post several of them here). Sometimes there are job vacancies and no candidates applying for them (demand exceeding supply).
We’ve had 74 PR students out on year-long paid work placements this past academic year. I’ve visited placement students at Airbus (Bristol), Arsenal FC, Intel (Munich), O2, Panasonic, Robert Bosch, South Yorkshire Police, Virgin Radio and at various consultancies in the UK and The Gulf. Employers have very good things to say about these students.
It has to be the ideal combination: a degree, plus work experience within an established organisation.