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 postgraduates (excluding full-time work) 2008
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.
How to Vary Your Language
Go into full-time work
- Start working full-time
- Go on to work full-time
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.
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.
Example For Graduate students, those who did further study were the biggest group.