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30 January 2007

Good jobs for MMU graduates

Latest HESA employability figures

ONLY 1 in 20 graduates from MMU are still looking for work six months after graduating, according to the latest independent figures.

Manchester Metropolitan has posted a jobless total of 5.39% against a national average of 5.29% in the Destination of Leavers annual survey compiled by HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

The figure is more evidence that MMU is a good university for employability, and statistics show the university performing excellently in opening doors to the professions and in creating the next generation of entrepreneurs.

There was also good news on the quality of jobs – two-thirds of graduates achieve graduate-level jobs.

Careers in the Professions

The figures for 2005 graduates, place the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education top for employability, with just 3% seeking work after six months.

MMU Cheshire graduates also found work in their hundreds – just 4% were unemployed and only 4.3% of Business School graduates were jobless.

Increasingly though, graduates are combining work with study, seeking that second degree which will make them stand out for the best jobs.

MMU’s Head of Careers Jan Moore said: "Three quarters of MMU’s students typically enter employment, but many combine this with a further degree or course of study or they develop a portfolio of products or services in order to become self-employed."

"With typically more than 2% of graduates setting up their own business, we have one of the largest proportions of "entrepreneurs" of any university in the UK."

Of all types of graduates, almost half were earning in the £15-20,000 bracket shortly after graduation.

Recent HND Tourism Management graduate Hannah Massink, 24, (pictured) is general manager at the new 54-bedroom Travelodge, Trafford Park.