We do our best to ensure that our graduates are fully equipped to embark on successful careers.
Every year, like all universities, we survey our graduates as part of the Higher Education Statistics Agency’s Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey. This finds out what our former students were doing 6 months after they left us. Did they go on to further study? Did they get a job, or go freelance?
The survey helps us to check that the courses we offer continue to be effective in helping our students achieve the careers they want, and certainly we fare well in the results when compared with other Universitys and universities.
An unusual sector
It’s worth noting, however, that the creative industries are a little unusual in that it takes more time for graduates’ careers to take off. Therefore, capturing data only at one point, as early as 6 months after graduating, doesn’t paint a true picture of our graduates’ career paths. For example, many creatives still need a little time to find their niche. Also, they may set up their own practice or become self-employed, which takes time compared with, say, going straight into a graduate scheme with an accountancy firm.
This is why we make sure we build employability into all of our programmes, and provide a significant amount of support to students around finding employment or setting up in business when they graduate.
A truer picture
Independent research done by the Institute of Employment Studies into recent graduates, which began in 2008, revealed that, by 2010, 95.7% of Leeds Arts University’s graduates (who responded to the survey) were employed. Significantly, more than 75% of these graduates were directly employed within the creative industries.