The Biggest Challenges to Finding a Job in the UK

A poll conducted by the Guardian in 2012 pertaining to careers revealed a lack of jobs, extended unpaid internships and being dubbed too inexperienced for a job. Nothing has changed in the past few years and now in 2018, we are facing the same problems.

Despite the efforts that recruitment agencies like ourselves put in to place people into employment, the problem seems to start with the universities.

These are the biggest challenges in the job market right now.

25% of those polled said that being rejected for jobs for not having enough experience was the toughest issue that they faced as a graduate job seeker. Sometimes, the feedback from employers was even more frustrating, saying that the candidate is either over or under qualified.

This is so frustrating because the job market has literally left one no cracks to crawl through or openings to get through to the other side of unemployment.

Unpaid Internships

Then there is the issue of internships, even paid ones. Even when a pay cheque is on offer, it appears that the internships system is still looked at as unfair. A lot of graduate roles are also filled by those that have previously undertaken internships without even being advertised. This creates an entire vacuum of jobs. Unfortunately, there is no one who seems to be filling it.

Some graduates even complain they have to take unpaid internships even after they graduate— something extremely demeaning for someone who has paid so much for an education.

Lack of Jobs

When it comes to job seeking, around 23% of those surveyed singled out a lack of jobs altogether as the biggest problems they are facing. Even those in employment are in jobs that they took out of desperation and not the ones that they would enjoy, and in a lot of cases, not the ones they were trained for at all.

Just under half of those surveyed said that they took a stop-gap job because they found it hard to find a graduate role.

The majority of those surveyed did seem to view their degree as a good investment in the future despite the hostile job market. 60% of the participants surveyed agreed that their degree was worthwhile and did boost their career prospects. Around the same percentage said that the degree topic was relevant to their job field.

Other Problems

Some other findings of the survey that were interesting were that 42% agreed that they needed to take further qualifications to boost employability, though that may not always be the case. 91% agreed that employers should offer more trainee roles to boost employment in the country.

76% agreed that apprenticeship funding should be expanded and open to graduates.

All in all, the one thing that consistently kept popping up as a challenge to employability was a lack of jobs for the degree that was studied for. The world is changing and more professions than ever before are being birthed and old ones are being swept away. This is why it’s important for universities to offer more courses that are in demand in the workplace right now. It’s the only smart way to end this scourge of unemployment.