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:

    57.3% working full time
    20.5% full-time further study
    7.5% working part-time
    6.0% travelling
    4.6% unemployed
    2.2% due to start a job in next month
    0.9% 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 1,300 different firms recruiting our leavers from 2015/16.

Some of the top employers were:

  • NHS
  • University of Bristol
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • Accenture
  • Teach First
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Jaguar Land Rover

43% of those who were employed had a permanent or open-ended contract, with a further 23% working under a fixed-term contract of 12 months or longer.

Employment sector

The 6 most popular sectors of employment for Bristol graduates in 2015/16 accounted for 30% of all graduates who were employed:

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


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