Only 17% of students claim that their careers officers were helpful in their search for a graduate job, according to a survey by Kloodle.
Three in ten revealed that they had never received any contact with their careers departments and just 49% would welcome them being more visible at university.
The survey also highlights the lack of innovation behind this clear disconnect with 51% of students insisting that they would welcome their careers service being more innovative when it came to job search advice.
Phil Hayes, founder and CEO of Kloodle, believes that although more should be done by career offices to assist students in their search for a job, “the departments need greater prominence within the university.”
“Careers departments we have spoken to have fantastic people working for them, all of whom deeply care about the employability of their students,” he insisted.
“They are, however, forced to be reactive as their reach is stifled within the university. Students are worth £9,000 a year to universities, and often marketing activities to get new students through the door takes precedence over the destination of students once they leave,” Hayes continued.
Hayes also believes that the lack of help from the career offices could potentially hinder the respective industries that various students dream of getting into.
“The ability to proactively engage students will undoubtedly hinder progress in many areas. Students enter university with a very narrow perception of the career opportunities they have available to them,” Hayes stated.
“Hindering the reach of employability departments leads to a lack of knowledge transfer. Students' perceptions stay narrow, and when it comes to applying for jobs, they stay within these predefined occupation pathways,” he concluded.
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