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Cost of a Bachelor’s Degree Worldwide

We all know that higher education can be costly, but how does the cost of your degree stack up against the rest of the world? Have a look at the infographic below and find out!


Credit to the guys at Education Requirements for the original article.


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Are today’s graduates unemployable?

Employers are struggling to fill entry-level vacancies, despite the fact that there are 75 million unemployed young people worldwide, Diana Farrell, director of McKinsey Global Institute told CNBC.


A new survey conducted by the group says employers struggle with a lack of skills among graduates of academic and vocational courses,particularly for medium and high-skilled jobs, such as teaching and medicine.

‘The gap is tremendous. It’s a real tragedy’, Farrell said.

The shortage of workers in skilled jobs could reach 85 million by 2020, according to McKinsey report. The company defines youth as individuals between 15 and 29 years old.

The survey revealed that just 42% of employers believed young people were adequately skilled.

Farrell said the education to employment system was not working properly and the mismatch between education providers and industry requirements was rendering young people unemployable.

The McKinsey study conducted among 8,000 participants in nine countries revealed half of young people are not sure their postsecondary education improved their chances of finding a job, with the U.K. at a low of 40% and Saudi Arabia at 60%, though local Saudi graduates are guaranteed a public sector job in the country.

‘This is quite low considering how much money is spent on education’, Farrell said.

She said the most successful were those employers who spent time with young people before they finished school, with some kind of on-the-job training or exposure to the kind of work they do.

Writing by Tanya Ashreena, special to

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The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers

Now in its fifteenth year, The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers is the definitive guide to Britain’s most respected and sought–after graduate employers.

The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers

The new Top 100 rankings have been compiled from face-to-face interviews
with 17,737 graduates, who left UK universities in the summer of 2012,
who were asked the open-ended question “Which employer do you
think offers the best opportunities for graduates?”.

The List

Last year’s position is in (brackets).

1 (1) PwC
2 (2) Deloitte
3 (3) KPMG
4 (7) Teach First
5 (4) Aldi
6 (5) NHS
7 (8) Civil Service
8 (10) Ernst & Young
9 (6) BBC
10 (11) John Lewis Partnership
11 (9) Accenture
12 (20) Tesco
13 (12) HSBC
14 (21) Google
15 (13) Goldman Sachs
16 (14) Barclays
17 (16) BP
18 (15) GlaxoSmithKline
19 (24) Unilever
20 (23) J.P. Morgan
21 (18) P & G
22 (17) RBS
23 (22) Army
24 (19) IBM
25 (26) Rolls-Royce
26 (60) Jaguar Land Rover
27 (53) Apple
28 (27) M & S
29 (28) Barclays Inv Bank
30 (25) L’Oréal
31 (29) Allen & Overy
32 (38) Lidl
33 (48) Microsoft
34 (34) Morgan Stanley
35 (31) Shell
36 (30) BAE Systems
37 (37) Arup
38 (32) Lloyds Banking Group
39 (33) Sainsbury’s
40 (35) McKinsey & Company
41 (41) >Sky
42 (50) WPP
43 (42) Linklaters
44 (59) Citi
45 (36) Clifford Chance
46 (45) BT
47 (91) Nestlé
48 (55) Deutsche Bank
49 (44) Slaughter and May
50 (54) MI5
51 (52) Network Rail
52 (57) Freshfields
53 (61) Atkins
54 (56) Credit Suisse
55 (71) McDonald’s
56 (New) European Commission
57 (67) Bain & Company
58 (75) Co-operative Group
59 (64) DLA Piper
60 (40) Mars
61 (46) UBS
62 (89) Santander
63 (62) Boots
64 (79) Asda
65 (77) Boston Consulting
66 (98) nucleargraduates
67 (74) Bank of America
68 (80) Bloomberg
69 (43) Centrica
70 (49) Local Government
71 (51) Arcadia Group
72 (65) Royal Navy
73 (70) Herbert Smith
74 (72) Foreign Office
75 (90) Penguin
76 (39) Cancer Research UK
77 (47) ExxonMobil
78 (New) British Airways
79 (68) Police
80 (New) Towers Watson
81 (58) Saatchi & Saatchi
82 (78) Transport for London
83 (84) Diageo
84 (95) National Grid
85 (New) Norton Rose
86 (63) Oxfam
87 (73) Airbus
88 (81) Grant Thornton
89 (88) Savills
90 (New) GE
91 (87) E.ON
92 (New) British Sugar
93 (69) RAF
94 (85) Oliver Wyman
95 (New) Lloyd’s
96 (82) EDF Energy
97 (86) Kraft Foods
98 (New) BDO
99 (New) DFID
100 (99) Hogan Lovells

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5 Reasons Why UK Graduates are Moving Away From Careers in Banking & Finance

This article has been re-produced. The original author was William Frierson.

Times are tough with the economy all round, but the financial services industry appears to be having a torrid time. Financial scandals coupled with changing business models have wreaked havoc with bottom lines during this prolonged downturn.

And issues like these have resulted in many graduates, who previously were keen to earn big money and work in ‘the City’, deciding that their futures lay elsewhere.

Here’s 5 key reasons why UK graduates are increasingly giving a career in financial services a wide berth:

1. Job security – the economic outlook and regulatory and capital pressures have significantly impacted revenues in this sector. Job security (or the lack of it) is a significant negative factor when considering a career in financial services.

2. Financial reward – where once a career in banking & finance was seen as a quick way to riches and early retirement, this is no longer the case. Political pressure and demands to achieve a better balance between employee reward and shareholder value has meant that compensation ratios have come down (and will fall further).

3. Work / Life Balance – always known as an industry that works employees hard, job insecurity has resulted in employees having to put in even more hours to try and justify their existence. In addition, cuts in headcount increasingly means that workloads have increased for those who remain.

4. Stigma – five years on from the start of the financial crisis, bankers in particular are held in very low regard. Where once a young professional was proud to show off a business card that confirmed he / she worked at a large financial institution, that is no more. Scandal has followed scandal, and there appears to be no let-up.

5. Uncertain environment – with the industry under a microscope like never before, and in the midst of a significant economic downturn fraught with further political uncertainties (the break-up of the Euro, the stability of Greece and other European countries, etc), the future shape of the financial services industry is now in question. Likely to go through significant structural change over the coming years, it is difficult to see how a career in this sector will unfold.

William Frierson is a staff writer for, a leading job board for college students who are searching for internships and recent graduates who are hunting for entry-level jobs and other career opportunities