Graduate careers website targetjobs.co.uk surveyed more than 300 undergraduates from the UK’s top universities and, despite the well-publicised difficulties experienced by the industry in recent years, construction undergraduates are bullish about their prospects.
Over a two-week period during spring 2013 Targetjobs surveyed undergraduates in six main sectors of work and found that students interested in working in construction were the most confident of all. Over 75 per cent said they were confident of getting a graduate job in the sector and expressed an interest in working abroad during their career, with 28 per cent saying this was a major factor in their choice of career. Students interested in construction careers were more motivated than other students in having a career that brought benefits to society and less influenced by big salaries.
In a parallel survey of recent graduates undertaken at the same time, 82 per cent said that they saw themselves probably or definitely staying in construction for the long term. Chris Phillips, research and information director with Targetjobs parent company GTI Media, said: “Both current undergraduates and recent graduates working in the industry surveyed this spring demonstrate a commitment to careers in construction, satisfaction with what they are learning at university and confidence in their futures. Their desire to have a career that makes a positive contribution to society bodes well for the future of the country.”
The reports from both the student and recent graduate survey are available to download from gtimedia.co.uk.