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Graduates’ labour market and training expectations during COVID-19


Publication date

Mar 2021


The BOOST2018 ‘Life after University’ study was conducted in June 2020 and surveyed UK-domiciled graduates from the 2018 and 2019 cohorts at one university.
Almost one out of three recent graduates were on furlough or unemployed during the first UK COVID-19 lockdown.
Overall, the survey paints a clear picture. Recent graduates are facing significant uncertainty about their labour market prospects and are looking for opportunities to engage in further training, with those facing the most difficult circumstances (the unemployed) looking to acquire skills that might provide more flexibility in working arrangements, such as digital skills.



Training: Labour Market, Education, Labour Market, Economics, Health, Surveys, Higher Education, and Covid 19


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