Seventy per cent of graduates would study the same degree again
According to AQU Catalunya's 2023 Employment outcomes survey, the number of graduates of the Catalan university system who would repeat their degree course has decreased slightly since 2011, which indicates a certain stagnation in satisfaction.
AQU Catalunya's 2023 employment outcomes survey has provided relevant data on the satisfaction of recent graduates from Catalan universities with their bachelor's degree courses. Of the more than 20,000 graduates of traditional universities surveyed, 70% say they would study the same degree again. This data indicates a slight decrease compared to that obtained in previous editions of the survey; in 2011, for example, it stood at 73%. However, despite this slight reduction, there is a good level of satisfaction, as 7 out of 10 graduates would repeat their degree again.
By disciplinary subfield, the graduates who would be least willing to repeat come from the field of communication and documentation. Those who would repeat are around 55%, a figure lower than that provided by the respondents of the 2020 edition. At the other end of the scale are people who graduated in the field of medicine and biomedical sciences, who would repeat their studies in almost 85% of cases.
One of the subfields where the number of repeat studies has grown the most between 2020 and 2023 is agriculture, forestry and fishing, which has experienced a 9% increase, while willingness to repeat the degree has decreased the most in nursing and health, which dropped by 8% between 2020 and 2023. However, the subfield that has fallen the most art and design, which has suffered a 10% drop. As a whole, all subfields have suffered a reduction in the number of graduates who would repeat their degree.
These results occur for several reasons. The most common reason (51%) given by those who would not repeat the degree is that they are not satisfied with the job opportunities or the resulting profession. Secondly, at 41%, they say they would not study the same degree again because the design or quality of the degree programme did not live up to their expectations.
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 available data and other indicators 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.