Check out the Friends Reunited website to see what your peers from college are doing a few years down the line, and you could be in for a bit of a surprise.
One in five graduates are employed in non-professional jobs five years after graduating, according to a report from the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, the Higher Education Careers Services Unit and the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.
But IT students are bucking the trend. The study shows that a first degree in IT is pretty much a passport to a job: 80 per cent of IT graduates from the 2000 cohort found work within six months of graduating, behind accountancy (81.1 per cent) and civil engineering (80.9 per cent).
Mike Hill, chief executive of the higher education Careers Services Unit, said the slowdown in the economy and widespread redundancies across the IT sector were having little effect on IT graduates' job success, and weren't deterring them from applying for jobs in the field.
Two thirds of computer science graduates went on to work in the IT sector. "If you compare IT with other subjects, the figures are very high. Five years ago that figure was 44 per cent," Hill added.
Around 7.3 per cent went on to further education or training, while 7.8 per cent of IT graduates are believed to be unemployed, a figure which is slightly higher than the overall average of 5.5 per cent.
The report is based on data from over 176,000 graduates, representing almost 85 per cent of the total UK graduating force.
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