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Civil graduates more despondent than peers

Only 57% of civil and structural engineering graduates are confident of finding a job post graduation compared to two thirds of engineering graduates, a survey by recruitment website revealed this week

34% of all engineering graduates planning to go on to further study or take a gap year are doing so because of perceived limited career prospects but amongst civil and structural graduates this figure rises to 45%.

57% of civil and structural graduates said that they were willing to undertake unpaid work experience or internships if it increased their chances of finding work compared to 53% of all engineering students.

Engineering students are also rethinking which sector to work in, 18% having changed their mind because of the recession. 25% of Civil and Structural graduates said that they were thinking of looking for work in other sectors.

Gradcracker head of student communications, Annie Greenfield-Edwards, explained why they carried out the survey. “There have been a number of surveys of graduates during the recession but, as an engineering focused site, we wanted to hear the views of our niche audience. Confidence was generally higher than we expected but in every measure of that confidence Civil and Structural graduates displayed a markedly more pessimistic attitude.”

The general survey results can be viewed at

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