The charts below show what UK graduate and postgraduate students who did not go into full-time work did after leaving college in 2008.
Destination of UK graduates (excluding full-time work) 2008
Destination of UK postgraduates (excluding full-time work) 2008
The bar charts display what UK graduate and postgraduate students went on to do after leaving university in 2008. Those who started working full-time were excluded.
Overall, the most common destination for graduate students was further study and the least common was voluntary work. The same was true of postgraduate students.
At nearly 30,000, graduates who continued on to further studies greatly outnumbered their counterparts who ended up in other situations. In comparison, only 3,500 graduates did voluntary work, making it the least common post-graduation destination. 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 postgraduates. However, far more postgraduates did part-time work, at 2,535, than went into unemployment, at 1,625.
Words You Shouldn’t Use
Don’t use words like “choose”, “opt”, “path” and “route” to describe the charts. Take for example voluntary work. It’s something that happened; it’s not a path, a route, or any other kind of intentional choice. The examples below are all incorrect.
How to Vary Your Language
Go into full-time work
Example 17,735 graduates went on to work part-time.
Example 17,735 graduates did part-time work.
Example 29,665 graduates continued on to further studies.
Example 29,665 graduates went on to study further.
Example 16,235 graduates went into unemployment.
Example Far more postgraduates did part-time work than became unemployed.
How to Describe the Biggest Categories
Most common destination
Example Further study was the most common destination for graduate students.
Example Graduates who continued on to further studies greatly outnumbered their counterparts who ended up in other situations.
Example Those who studied further represented the largest segment of graduate students.
Example For graduate students, those who did further study were the biggest group.