What do Bristol graduates do?

What are Bristol students doing 6 months after graduating?

Every year we survey all UK first degree graduates approximately six months after they completed their course. Here are the most recent figures:

    58.1% working full time
    19.7% full-time further study
    7.4% working part-time
    5.6% travelling
    4.8% unemployed
    2.0% due to start a job in next month
    1.4% part-time further study
    0.9% doing something else

This information is collected as part of the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey

Main employers

Bristol graduates were working for a wide range of employers, with over 1,200 different firms recruiting our leavers from 2014/15.

Some of the top employers were:

  • NHS
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Deloitte
  • University of Bristol
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • RSM
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Jaguar Land Rover

44% of those who were employed had a permanent or open-ended contract, with a further 29% working under a fixed-term contract of 12 months or longer.

Employment sector

The 5 most popular sectors of employment for Bristol graduates in 2014/15 accounted for 50% of all graduates who were employed:

  • Health and social work
  • Education
  • Accounting and management consultancy
  • Finance and insurance
  • Wholesale and retail


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