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15 Jul 2015

Loughborough graduates gain professional roles to be proud of

Over 94% of Loughborough graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating from the University according to the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey.

And of those graduates in full-time employment, 90% are in managerial or professional positions, putting Loughborough well above the national average.

Loughborough University has a well-earned reputation for graduate recruitment and the quality of its students. Each year its Careers and Employability Centre (CEC) hosts a wide range of employer events and interactions with students, including the UK’s biggest one-day university careers fair which typically attracts over 6,000 students and close to 200 exhibitors.

The University provides a wealth of opportunities for students to develop skills and prepare for employment, ensuring high calibre applications for roles from holiday posts and internships to placement and graduate positions. All Loughborough graduates can also benefit from ongoing support from the CEC, including its extensive Careers Online job board.

In 2014, The Student Barometer ranked Loughborough’s Careers and Employability Centre 1st for satisfaction (out of 211 participating universities globally).

And the University’s strong links with its alumni are key to providing job opportunities and career insights to its current crop of students through graduate case studies, mentoring, and a range of informal networking links.

Automotive Materials student Richard Lee graduated in 2014 and immediately secured a job with FORTUNE 500 engineering procuring and contracting company Fluor after seeing them at the University's Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair. He said:  

"I used the careers and employability centre throughout my time at Loughborough, from helping with my CV to applying for industrial placement and graduate jobs. I highly recommend every student pays them a visit for career and application advice."

Jessica Stewart, who graduated with a degree in Textiles last summer, was offered a job as Trainee Embroidery Designer with fashion house Alexander McQueen after recruiters met her on the University’s stand at New Designers (an exhibition showcasing the most promising graduate talent). She said:

“Textiles is an exceptional course with fantastic tutors and technical team. Loughborough gave me the best platform for my career as a young designer.”

Helen Smith, Head of the University’s Careers and Employability Centre, added:

“Our excellent relationships with a wide range of graduate recruiters, our network of fantastic alumni, and the great support provided by our careers team and staff throughout the University are reflected in our very positive graduate destinations figures and the high quality of employment outcomes achieved by our students.”

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Article reference number: July News

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.