Mapping the occupational destinations of new graduates

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Macmillan, Lindsey; Vignoles, Anna
Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission
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17 October 2013
Employment, Education and Skills
Social welfare
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This research explored the early careers of graduates, looking specifically at whether their chances of securing a high-status job six months and three years after graduation differ according to socioeconomic background. Looking at the destinations of over 20,000 young people who graduated from university in Scotland, England and Wales in 2006/07, it found that socioeconomic background and private schooling are associated with a greater influence than gender on the chances of securing a top job three years after graduation, and this difference is particularly strong for men.

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