Unemployed grads regret not choosing apprenticeships

According to new research from totaljobs.com, two out of five graduates are still out of work six months after finishing university, making them question whether it would have been more beneficial to have done an apprenticeship instead.

The survey of 676 graduates found that a third were applying for more than 20 vacancies every month, and nearly half regretted not following the vocational route to a career.

Mike Fetters, graduate director of totaljobs.com, said: “Despite the economic upturn, graduates are still struggling to find work after university. Our research shows that many graduates are starting to wonder if they should have studied for a more vocational qualification as a more effective route to employment.

“Although a degree is an essential qualification for some industries, school leavers need to think more carefully about which route to employment is best for them as some may be more suited to an apprenticeship scheme.”

“Graduates need to prepare themselves for the fact that it may take them a few months longer than they thought to find the job they want. Though the job hunting process can be long, graduate jobs are incredibly rewarding.”