Graduate Unemployment Figures Very Disappointing

Laurie Bidwell 

27 July 2012  

In April this year Citizens' Advice Scotland recognised that for some time their advice bureau advisers across Scotland had been reporting an increase in the numbers of graduates who were facing financial problems because they could not get work.   

 

Citizens' Advice Scotland decided to undertake a survey to investigate the extent of these problems, and to give those affected a platform to have their say.


Yesterday Citizen's Advice Scotland revealed the results from this survey of  Scottish graduates.  

 

Their report records that over half of respondents said they had experienced a period of unemployment after graduating with 20% reporting to have been unemployed for over a year.


Most Scots graduates went to university to get an education, to enhance their skills and to enhance their employability.

 

It is therefore very disappointing to hear that so many graduates are experiencing long periods of worklessness.


Unfortunately this picture was not unexpected to me.

 

Running up to the May 2012 local government elections, a number of unemployed graduates living in Broughty Ferry wrote to invite my response to their graduate unemployment.

 

Others were disillusioned to find that their only option, job wise, was to return to their holiday employer doing a job for which they are now over qualified. 


Significantly this generation of young people is referred to as 'the boomerang generation', leaving home to go to University and College but returning to the parental home when they couldn't find work and had clocked up mountains of student debt now weighing heavily on their shoulders.

 

 

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