Coronavirus: undergraduate students are less confident about finding a job | YouthSight x The Sutton Trust

Youth Thinking | 03 Aug 2020


In our latest student poll conducted for The Sutton Trust, we found that almost half of university students feel their chance of finding a job has diminished due to Covid-19.

The educational charity, which aims to improve social mobility and address educational disadvantage, commissioned us to poll 895 undergraduates and find out how they had been affected by the pandemic.

The survey found that 46% of students felt the virus had negatively impacted their ability to find a job. 18% said they had seen work experience placements cancelled or postponed and 11% had suffered cancelled interviews. A further 4% had seen a job offer withdrawn.

Sir Peter Lampl, founder and chairman of The Sutton Trust, said: “It is crystal clear that young people will bear the brunt for years to come of the massive downturn caused by Covid-19 – and young people from poorer backgrounds will be most affected.

“Employers will need policies in place to allow everyone a fair chance of being recruited to the lower number of graduate jobs available. As internships and work experience placements are declining, employers need to move their programmes online. We need to act now to make sure that all young people have opportunities to enter the labour market.”

Covid-19 Impacts: Access to the Workplace

You can read the full report from The Sutton Trust for free here.

The report includes a summary of the research from both the young person’s and employer’s perspective, case studies and discussion notes on the findings of the research.

Download here.

Social Mobility in the Workplace: An Employer's Guide

Want to know how you could help improve social mobility in your workplace? 

Download The Sutton Trust's new guide for advice on how to promote diversity at your company in the wake of Covid-19. The report was published alongside the 'Covid-19 Impacts' report and offeran abundance of tips and advice for employers.

Download here.

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