How do graduates from each field access their jobs?
According to AQU Catalunya's 2023 employment outcomes survey, the way graduates of the Catalan university system find work is closely linked to their field of study. In engineering, internships are very important, while in the field of humanities, graduates' own initiative and contacts are more important.
Recent graduates of traditional universities in the Catalan university system have different gateways to the labour market depending on the field in which they graduated. Of the four main ways asked in the survey – "Contacts", "Sending a CV", "Internship" and "Web portals" – the one with the highest percentage amongst engineers is internships, with 26%.
If we divide the modes of access to the workplace by field, the second highest figure is that of humanities graduates who have found work through personal contacts. This occurs in 25% of cases. In contrast to the humanities, in the field of engineering personal contacts account for only 15% of cases. Also significant in humanities, is the low relevance, with only 10%, of internships as a gateway to the workplace.
With regard to the health field, it is noteworthy that web portals are not a particularly effective tool for graduates. Specifically, 10% of graduates in this field have found work in this way. Within this same area of knowledge, however, 25% of graduates find work thanks to their own initiative, that is, by sending their CV to companies. Where web portals are particularly useful is in the science field: here, 23% of respondents said they found work thanks to these pages.
The 2023 AQU Catalunya report on employment outcomes presents the results of the 8th edition of this survey, conducted among graduates of Catalan universities. As with previous reports, the Agency makes these data available to all stakeholders in the Catalan university system in order to encourage analysis and reflection on how to improve bachelor's degrees in terms of graduates' employability and satisfaction with the education they received. The data used in this report is the product of a survey sent successfully to more than 42,000 graduates in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years. More than 52% of the contacted population responded to this year's survey.
More than 120,000 records have been generated over the eight editions of the employment outcomes survey. This figure positions Catalonia as one of the European regions with the most extensive, complete and representative databases for this type of analysis.