Less than half of design graduates expect to find paid work – survey

Less than half of design graduates expect to find paid employment in the creative sector within a year of graduation, according to new research.


Source: digitalpimp

A survey carried out ahead of this year’s New Designers event found that 46 per cent expected to find paid creative-sector work after graduation.

And just 5.5 per cent of those polled had already been offered paid employment after graduation. Meanwhile nearly half – 44.5 per cent – were prepared to undertake unpaid work experience in a bid to find a permanent role.

When it came to pay, more than half (57 per cent) of those surveyed expected to be earning £25 000 or less five years after graduation. This is below the average national salary of £26 500.

Running their own business was the most common aspiration for design graduates, with 42 per cent of respondents saying they wanted to set up on their own.

Meanwhile 25 per cent said they want to work for a major brand or agency, 21 per cent say they want to work for a small studio and 12 per cent say they want to work as a freelancer.

On a more positive note, 97 per cent thought that studying a creative subject had equipped them with transferable skills that could get them jobs in other sectors.

Isobel Dennis, director of New Designers, described the survey results as ‘grounded, intelligent and realistic’.

Dennis adds, ‘Studying a creative degree encourages you to explore and discover what your potential is. Qualifying from a creative degree equips you with great skills for the working world.’

The survey was based on responses from 256 graduates from design courses.

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