Survey of 2017 graduates shows support for Labour and concerns over Brexit
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A poll of university students graduating this year has revealed increasing concerns about the political future, and that many do not yet know what they plan to do after leaving university. The poll of 8,000 students, conducted by graduate jobs website Magnet.me, found that 54.4% of students expected to graduate in 2017 have “little to no idea” what they will be doing in the next six months. Only 19.3% of those surveyed knew exactly what they would be doing after leaving university. 57.1% said that they were “considering” or “very likely” to join the ‘gig economy’ and focus on short term or freelance work opportunities. Seven out of ten students (71.4%) polled said they felt more optimistic about getting a job if the Labour Party was voted into office on June 8th. Only 16.9% of respondents thought that a Conservative government would be a positive sign for employment prospects. The majority of graduates who responded (53.6%) believed that manifesto promises by Labour and the Green Party to scrap tuition fees are unlikely be implemented. Only 37.5% of those questioned were confident such promises would be delivered on. Vincent Karremans, Founder of Magnet.me, commented that “the growing uncertainty around handling Brexit negotiations and the potential outcomes of the general election have clearly compounded job fears for graduates entering the workforce”. He urged both political parties and business to do more to allay the fears of those about to graduate. Lead image courtesy of Tulane Public Relations.
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