The Charts Below Show What UK Graduate and Postgraduate

Lilie King

Lilie King

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The charts below show what UK graduate and postgraduate students who did not go into full-time work did after leaving college in 2008.

This essay question is in Cambridge IELTS 10 Test 3 Writing Task 1.

Destination of UK graduates (excluding full-time work) 2008

Destination of UK graduates

Destination of UK postgraduates (excluding full-time work) 2008

Destination of UK postgraduates

Sample Essay

The bar charts display what UK graduate and postgraduate students did after leaving university in 2008. Those who started working full-time were excluded.

Overall, the majority of graduate students did further study, whereas those who did voluntary work represented the smallest number. The same was true of postgraduate students.

At nearly 30,000, graduates who went on to study further greatly outnumbered their counterparts in the other categories. Voluntary work, in comparison, was the least common post-graduation step, with only 3,500 graduates going that route. Those who worked part-time and those who were unemployed were very similar in number, at 17,735 and 16,235 respectively.

Those who did further study, at 2,725, and those who did voluntary work, at 345, were also the biggest and smallest groups respectively for postgraduate students. However, far more postgraduate students did part-time work, at 2,535, than became unemployed, at 1,625.

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How to Vary Your Language

Go into full-time work
  • Start working full-time
  • Go on to work full-time
Part-time work
  • Use ‘work’ as a verb

Example     17,735 graduates went on to work part-time.

  • Use ‘work’ as a noun

Example     17,735 graduates did part-time work.

Further study
  • Use ‘study’ as a noun

Example     29,665 graduates did further study.

  • Use study as a verb

Example     29,665 graduates studied further.

  • Use the noun ‘unemployment’

Example     16,235 graduates went into unemployment.

  • Use the adjective ‘unemployed’

Example     Far more postgraduates did part-time work than became unemployed.

How to Describe the Biggest Categories


Example     The majority of graduate students did further study.

To represent the largest number

Example     Those who studied further represented the largest number of graduates.


Example     Graduates who went on to study further greatly outnumbered their counterparts in the other categories.

Most common post-graduation step

Example     Further study was the most common post-graduation step.

Biggest group

Example     For Graduate students, those who did further study were the biggest group.

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The question below is also about the destinations of graduate students. You can try to answer it using the language learned in this blog post.

4 Responses

  1. The bar charts illustrate what graduate and postgraduate students did(part-time work, voluntary work, Further study and unemployment) after leaving college in 2008 who did not undergo full-time work in the UK.

    Overall, the number of graduate students was higher than postgraduate students who excluding full-time work. Moreover, both graduate and postgraduate students who did further study were higher than others destination, whereas went to voluntary work was fewer.

    With regards to graduates, 29,665 students did further study which was higher than the rest of the other three destinations. On the other hand, the fewest number ( 3.500)of total students kept them as volunteers. The number of students who were involved in part-time work and became unemployed was averagely same, 17,735 and 16,235 respectively.

    In terms of postgraduates, the number of students for part-time work and further study was approximately the same ( 2,535 and 2,725 respectively) which was almost 9th time higher than voluntary work( 345). Moreover, the number of unemployed postgraduate students was 1,625.

  2. The chart Below demonstrate the data regarding the engagement of students after completing the graduation and post graduation in different categories of work in the year of 2008.
    To begin with, it is very noticeable that the students those took part in receiving higher-education is the biggest and part time worker represent thr smallest number respectively 29,665 and 3500. Similarity is evident regarding number of students as part time worker and those who remained without having any job amount to respectively 17,735 and 16,235.
    Simultaneously, close proximity is found as the students who opt to receive higher education Between students of graduation and post graduation. Unpaid worker are number of minimal number which is 345.

    1. Sorry for the late reply. You really need to write an overview to summarize the 2 or 3 most important features of the charts. See the second paragraph of the sample essay.

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