11 Feb 2009

Open University graduate employment rate defies national trend

Wednesday 11 February 2009: Graduates of The Open University (OU) are amongst the most employable in the UK, according to data provided by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
With the publication of the Association of Graduate Recruiters' (AGR) survey of the graduate jobs market today speculating that graduate employment will decline in 2009, stats show that more than 80% for OU students are employed within six months of graduating.
The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey is a national survey of everyone who has recently gained a postgraduate qualification or undergraduate degree from any university or higher education college in the UK, undertaken by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

81% of OU undergraduate students were found to be in employment six months after they graduated and 92% of postgraduate students were found to be in employment six months after graduation, according to the most recent survey.

One of the reasons of employment success of Open University graduates is due to the high quality of instruction, and respect employers have for an OU qualification, according to Pro-Vice Chancellor (Curriculum and Awards) Professor Alan Tait.

“The Open University is one of the UK’s leading educational organisations,” he said.

“We are regularly in the top 3 of universities for student satisfaction in the National Union of Students annual survey, jumped 26 places in the recent Research Assessment Exercise demonstrating our excellence in research and innovation and we have a number of relationships with employer groups and professional associations, including the British Psychological Society, Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE); The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA); The Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers (IHIE) and The Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM), Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), College of Law, the country’s leading professional law college, National Skills Academy for Nuclear to name but a few,” he said.

The Open University, as part of its commitment to students and graduate employment, has also established a careers advisory service, which, last year, received the award for HE Careers Service Website of the Year from AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) and HECSU (Higher Education Careers Services Unit). The site provides tips, advice and tools to help students prepare for employment when they graduate.

Additionally, the OU has recently launched a service designed to help people back into employment, during this period of economic and employment uncertainty.
“ is an easy to use resource for people wanting to either improve or secure their employment prospects, which allows people the flexibility to learn at their own pace in a location convenient to them,” he said.

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