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Data published recently by the Higher Education Statistics Agency on destinations of leavers from higher education in the UK show that graduates from Scottish higher education institutions have the best record of professional level jobs in the UK.

The figures also show:

  • The proportion of those in graduate level jobs was four per cent higher than their peers in the rest of the UK at 73 per cent (compared to the UK average of 68 per cent).
  • Graduates from Scottish universities had the highest rate of positive destinations in the UK (work and/or further study) at 89.9 per cent compared to the UK average 88.8 per cent.
  • Graduates from Scottish universities had the highest mean average starting salaries in the UK at £22,500, compared to the UK average of £21,500.

These figures confirm what we already know – that St Andrews graduates progress into an incredibly diverse range of destinations, including professional positions and further academic study.

Of last year’s graduates, 76 per cent went on to either full-time work or study. Of those who entered the world of work, 85 per cent went straight into professional roles with organisations including: Deloitte, Unilever, the Ministry of Defence, the Office of the Prime Minister, and IBM.

The University of St Andrews is also very fortunate to have an extensive global network of alumni. Most alumni are happy to assist graduates with their career research and job hunting.

A report by the Scottish government has indicated the demand for graduates with tertiary education has increased. Find out more about Scottish graduate prospects.

You can also find advice on preparing applications on the Careers Centre website. The Careers Centre is open throughout the summer for all current students and alumni. See the alumni page on the Careers Centre website.

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