Launch of OfS and DfE Graduate Employment and Skills Guide

12 May 2021

The pandemic has had a severe effect on graduate employment and students’ access to career development opportunities.  In response, university careers services have moved swiftly to adapt their services to the new challenges facing students and developed new ways of supporting graduates. As we emerge from lockdown, more graduates than ever need support to navigate a challenging and changed labour market.

The new Department for Education (DfE) and Office for Students (OfS) Graduate Employment and Skills Guide directs graduates in need of support to resources that are available to them. The case studies included show examples of the type of support available from universities, as well as information about resources created by the sector specifically for graduates.

We encourage graduates to find out what support is available from their university careers service as a first port of call. Drawing on a comprehensive understanding of their student and graduate populations, expertise in local labour markets, and experience of supporting graduates through previous recessions, careers services are best placed to provide careers information, education, advice and guidance (CEIAG) during current and future economic uncertainty. As well as providing impartial, expert CEIAG tailored to the needs of students and graduates, careers services are also leading on and contributing to a wide range of institutional, regional and national programmes of support for graduates.