For the first time this year, research has been undertaken into the destinations of graduates categorised by age, to examine whether age impacts on a graduate's post-graduation employment prospects.
Commissioned by the AGCAS Diversity Task Group and written by the authors of the What Happens Next? series of reports, What Happens Next: Age Report has produced some very interesting results:
- overall, older graduates are performing well compared to more traditional aged graduates;
- older graduates who had completed their degrees in a part-time mode of study generally performed better than those that had studied full-time;
- higher proportions of older graduates were in full-time employment than younger ones, and less were engaged in further study (however the rate of unemployment was slightly higher amongst older graduates);
- higher proportions of older graduates were engaged in graduate level work, and they also tended to earn more.