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Employability Statement

Cambridge graduates are highly sought after: the national Destination of Leavers from HE survey indicates that, 6 months after graduating, 58% were in employment, 34% were doing further study and 5% were taking a year out. Our graduates contribute globally in business, commerce, finance and industry; the professions; charitable sectors; academic research; politics and government; the arts; and as entrepreneurs. The reason for this success is that we admit the most academically able and motivated students to our courses, and provide them with inspiring teaching, exceptional personal support, and a wide range of opportunities to acquire the skills necessary for them to succeed after graduating.

Developing skills, qualities and attributes sought by employers

The intellectual rigour of our courses and intensive education provided through small-group teaching in supervisions promote independent learning and help students develop transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. Involvement in some of the 780 student clubs and societies allows development of team working, entrepreneurship, communication skills and commercial awareness. There is also an extensive programme of skills training specifically designed for graduate students. Vacation work, internships and placements in the UK and abroad are actively promoted by the Careers Service.

Career planning and choice

Regular meetings with College Tutors and Directors of Studies help students explore their ambitions for the future and plan how to achieve them. The Careers Service is available to all students throughout their time at Cambridge and is used by 80% of final year students. It offers psychometric and aptitude tests supported by one to one personal guidance interviews, and an extensive programme of talks on career and further study options. The Service also has extensive links with employers both large and small and a network of over 1,200 alumni who offer students information and advice about their own employment experience.

Support in finding employment or further study

Employer links with the Careers Service, Colleges, departments and student societies provide many opportunities for students to interact with employers. The Careers Service offers training and personal guidance to help students to apply for jobs and to prepare for interviews. Each year over 7,000 graduate-level opportunities and internships across all sectors feature in the Service's Vacancies & Opportunities database. Cambridge graduates are welcome to use the Careers Service throughout their working lives; over 21,000 currently do so.

Course-specific employment data, including details of recognition by professional and statutory regulatory bodies, are available on Unistats.