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Increase in the number of University alumni in employment

92.5% of the graduates of the last three graduating classes are employed or continue training, according to a study by the Ikerfel Institute.

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92.5% of the alumni of the last three graduating classes are employed or are continuing their education. PHOTO: Communication Service
12/06/18 12:41 Communication Service

92.5% of the graduates of the University of Navarra are employed or are furthering their education, according to the study on labor market insertion carried out by the Institute of Market Research and Strategic Marketing, Ikerfel.

The report, conducted through 1,553 interviews with graduates from the last three graduating classes (2015, 2016 and 2017), points out that for the fourth consecutive year the number of employed graduates has increased, which in the previous edition indicated an insertion of 91.6%. The number of respondents whose current employment is related to their studies also grew (from 89.2% to 90.9%). The alumni also emphasized that their employment is considered to be of "fairly good quality".

The report reveals that "graduates who are working have found their first job relatively soon after completing their degree," it notes. Sixty.5% took less than six months, and 48.9% took less than three months; not to mention that 10.9% were already working" when they completed their studies.

These data are influenced by the high level of internships in companies and institutions, since 81.2% of those surveyed said they had done them during their university studies, in order to learn about the labor market, apply the knowledge acquired and present a better candidacy when looking for a job.

Likewise, Ikerfel points out that the alumni of the last three courses have an average net monthly salary of 1,352.5 € and a relatively quick access to the labor market. They work in a wide range of sectors, among which Hospitals, Public Health Centers (12.6%) and Education and Research (12.4%) stand out; companies that are mainly located at national level (58.5%).

Navarra (30.8%), Madrid (24.7%) and the Basque Country (19.2%) are the communities where most of the graduates of the University of Navarra work, an institution that has assumed a prominent and growing role in the labor market insertion of students, since it has become the means through which most of them gained access to their first job.


Job placement

They value their current employment

University of Navarra graduates rated their current job with an average score of 8.10 points out of 10, and positively emphasized the relationship with colleagues (8.90), with bosses and managers (8.51) and the type of task performed (8.16), in addition to the level of autonomy and responsibility. On the other hand, they gave lower ratings to remuneration (6.96) and promotion opportunities (7.46).

The research reveals "an important perception of adequacy of the training received in relation to the current job", since 74.6% of the graduates consider that the current job is adequate to their qualifications in terms of the training received and the academic training that was demanded of them (73%).

On the other hand, 22.5% of the graduates found a job through Career Services -the University of Navarra's career opportunities department, and 47.5% of users of the academic center's job portal said that this platform is useful for accessing internships and finding employment, thus confirming the University's strengthened commitment to transferring talent to society.

Five keys to employment

The director of Career Services University of Navarra, Roberto Cabezas, explained, during the presentation, some of the keys that help to find a job in line with the interests of candidates. He stressed the importance of building a personal brand, because "digital identity helps us to narrate our life and our professional interests; it is an ally, our reflection. We have to be on the network to strengthen our brand".

He also included among the five main keys the fluency in a third language, chosen according to the sector; knowing oneself and trusting in one's abilities, "it is necessary to know what we are good at and what excites us, because the answer will bring us closer to a professional project that we will develop with the passion that we give to our hobbies," said Roberto Cabezas.

Hobbies were the fourth point: "They are revealing of your personality, as well as the skills and abilities at which you excel. It's a way for employers to get to know you in what you're passionate about."

Finally, the director of Career Services detailed that the CV requires a thorough work: "Sometimes not enough attention is paid to it, but you have to take into account that employers spend an average of 6 seconds on each one. You have to be able to 'tell us' with the best accuracy and in an attractive way".

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