Newcastle University is amongst the country’s top 10 universities for graduate prospects, according to The Complete University Guide 2020.
Of the 131 institutions offering degree courses in the UK, Newcastle ranked 22nd overall, showing no change from the previous year’s league table. However, it was rated particularly highly for graduate prospects, gaining a score of 88.5 points and placing it within the top 10 universities for careers after graduating.
Vice-Chancellor Chris Day was one of the first to comment on the results, expressing how, “the outstanding graduate prospects score highlights the brilliant work done by everyone at the University in helping our students develop relevant employability skills”.
The University also commented that “the latest employment figures show that 95% of Newcastle University’s UK/EU graduates entered employment or further study within six months of graduating”.
With increasing recognition of how hard the job market can be to break into for students, these statistics and rankings came as welcome news to those studying. It also came as no shock to those who have graduated. Laura Greatrex, Newcastle alumni and Beauty Sub-Editor for The Courier during 2017/18, described that “searching for your first job can be really daunting, but the Careers Service at Newcastle gave me so much advice. They told me where and how to start looking, breaking it down so I didn’t feel overwhelmed. I landed my first job just three months after I graduated, working for a major beauty PR company.”
Jodie Duddy, final year English Literature student, echoed this viewpoint. "I feel confident that the Careers Service will support me when I graduate to find a job, because you can use them for up to three years after graduation."
With the help of industry-led teaching and the Careers Service, many students are unsurprised that Newcastle managed is in the top 10 for graduate prospects. Getting involved and exploring and enhancing your employability is easy; students can visit the Careers Service online or in the Students’ Union, or equally look out for one of the regular careers fairs.