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Destinations of NCTJ Diploma in Journalism students

This report, commissioned by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), looks at the destinations of people who have studied for the NCTJ Level 3 Diploma in Journalism.

The report is based on a survey of 205 individuals who had completed their course of study for the NCTJ diploma, following them up some 6 to 10 months afterwards with an online survey. The research approach was based on that used by the UK's Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA), which conducts regular destination surveys of graduates from the UK's HE institutions.

Destinations of students

• 82% of those who had completed the NCTJ diploma course were in work at the time of the follow-up survey. This is higher than the 70% of leavers from UK higher education courses across all subjects.

• The higher the level of attainment of the NCTJ diploma, the more likely it is that the individual will be in employment: 96% of those who attained the gold standard were in employment, compared to 90% of those who attained the diploma standard and 72% of those who did not complete their diploma.

• 79% of those who had a full-time or part-time job were in a journalism-related job. The likelihood of having gained a journalism-related job varies according to the level of qualification gained: those with gold standard were more likely to be in a journalism-related job (86%) when compared to those who had the diploma level (76%) and 75% of those who did not complete their diploma.

• The majority of respondents in work were engaged in the creative media sectors: 30% in newspapers, 11% in magazines, 7% in television, 4% in radio and 9% in an online or digital sector; a third (35%) are working in other sectors of the economy.

• The median salary for those working after their NCTJ diploma is £15,000 – £19,999, less than the comparable level for all HESA graduates of £20,500.

• The NCTJ qualification was regarded as being required by their employers by 61% of all respondents.

Author(s): Mark Spilsbury

Other Publishers: NCJT

Production date: 2015

How to obtain: Download Destinations of NCTJ Diploma in Journalism students

Communities: Postgraduate, Graduate Labour Market (GLaM), Employability, Careers Information

Audiences: Careers practitioners , Students and graduates - all

Format: Web



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