On the morning of 20th June we held our annual Insight Breakfast, presenting our findings from the latest student and graduate Candidate Compass report. We had a full room full of conscientious employers waiting to find out what students have to say about their career confidence this year.

This year we surveyed over 5,700 students and graduates, asking them about their opinions of the so-called “graduate skills gap”, salary expectations and application processes. There was a strong emphasis around gender disparities and mental health, topics both highly relevant in current news. We offered recommendations along the way which are also cited in the downloadable version found here.

We were privileged to be joined by Barbara Dischinger from WISE, who also spoke at the breakfast. WISE enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in STEM. Barbara focused her talk on Women in STEM and the gaps that persist.

Here is a snippet of what students and graduates had to say on some key issues:

Career confidence:
41% of females believe a lack of confidence holds them back
25% of males say the same

Productivity:
24% of respondents claim flexible working hours would increase their productivity

Influences:
34% of respondents say their personal values impact their career choices

Mental health:
17% of our respondents cite their mental health as a personal barrier

STEM:
49% of females would be interested in career in technology
73% of males would pursue this route

You can find more information in this year’s report. Download your copy here.

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