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The employment rate of University of Navarra graduates reaches 94%.

According to Ikerfel's latest study of labour market insertion, the number of graduates in employment has increased for the fifth consecutive year

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One of the sessions of the Skill Training Program organised by Career Services this year featured Javier Moscardó, Engineering Manager at Spotify, who spoke about innovation management. PHOTO: Manuel Castells
14/11/19 08:15 Beatriz Diaz

94% of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 graduates of the University of Navarra are currently working or furthering their education, according to the study on labour market insertion carried out by the Institute for Market Research and Strategic Marketing, Ikerfel. 1,653 graduates from the University's last three graduating classes took part in the study.

This is the fifth consecutive year in which the number of employed graduates has increased, which in the previous edition stood at 92.5%. Moreover, 86.6% of those who are working do so in jobs related to their studies. The alumni also emphasised that they consider it to be of "fairly good quality".

The report reveals that "graduates who are working have found their first job relatively soon after graduating. 59.7% took less than six months to find their first job, and 49.3% less than three months".

Quality employment

According to the Ikerfel study, "these data are influenced by the high level of internships in companies and institutions", as 79.1% of those surveyed said they had done them during their university studies, with the aim of "getting to know the labour market, applying the knowledge acquired and presenting a better candidature when looking for a job".

Ikerfel also points out that graduates from the last three courses "have an average net monthly salary of 1,467.20 euros" (an increase of 8.5% on the previous edition's figure of 1,352.5 euros) and "relatively quick access to the labour market".

The regions where most university graduates work are Navarre (42.3%), Madrid (19.6%) and the Basque Country (16.4%). Navarre is precisely the region where the number of employed graduates has grown the most, as in the previous edition of the study the figure stood at 30.8%. "This figure is significant, as the percentage of students from Navarre is 34.1% (2018-19 academic year). This means that, in addition to graduates from Navarre, many others from other parts of Spain and even abroad remain working in the region," explains Roberto Cabezas, director of Career Services.

The alumni of the University of Navarra rated their current job with an average score of 8.10 out of 10, and positively highlighted the relationship with colleagues (9), with bosses and managers (8.5) and the type of task performed (8.1), as well asthe level of autonomy and responsibility. On the other hand, they gave lower ratings to remuneration (6.8) and promotion opportunities (7.3).

The study reveals "an important perception of the adequacy of the training received in relation to current employment", as 74.7% of graduates consider that "current employment is adequate to their qualifications in terms of the training received".

In terms of the means by which graduates found work, 23.1% did so through Career Services -the University of Navarra's Career Services, and 45.4% of the users of the Careers portal The University of Navarra's careers service, and 45.4% of the academic centre's users said that this platform was useful for accessing internships and finding employment. "These data confirm the University's commitment to transferring talent to society," says Roberto Cabezas.

The job of the future

"Career Services has its sights set on today, but also on the future. Therefore, in order to adapt to the new demands of companies and new generations, we have established two very important alliances with leading and pioneering youth employment platforms in Europe and Latin America: beWanted and Jobteaser", explains Roberto Cabezas, Director of Career Services University of Navarra. With these agreements, Career Services aims to offer more and better opportunities and tools for recent graduates to find the job that best suits their interests.

On 24 October Career Services organised the #EuropaTeEspera event in which students and alumni of the University of Navarra learned about the benefits of the partnership with Jobteaser (Photo: Manuel Castells).

To achieve this, it is also essential to improve the employability of the trainees. We have strengthened our job search and employability training programme, the "Skill Training Programme", in which company managers train students in different skills to prepare them for the world of work. Skill Training ProgramIn this programme, company managers train students in different skills to prepare them for the world of work. In addition, the personal orientations offered by our career managers and other training activities Our students are prepared to grow successfully in their professional careers," says Roberto Cabezas.

But the accompaniment of students does not end when they graduate. "In the case of alumni, we continue to accompany them in their training through the Career Experience. Career ExperienceIn the case of alumni, we continue to accompany them in their training through meetings with company executives who, through their own experience, add value in skills and guide graduates in their professional careers," adds Roberto Cabezas.

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