01 May, 2012

New data from the trendence Graduate Barometer 2012 shows that law students are the most willing to work for free to gain an internship. Over half (51%) said they would do this compared to only 37% of IT students and 41% of engineering students.


Approximately 1,500 students from 16 UK universities were questioned as part of the research which highlights that law students are happy to work the most hours per week after receiving their first job (52 hours), as opposed IT students (42 hours). They also then expect to earn the most income in their first job at £29,000, while IT students average £24,000.


Amongst the students surveyed is a category of ‘high potentials.’ High potentials are defined as those in the top 20%of outstanding academic achievements who have an internship within the UK and take part in extra-curricular activities. Proving their high work ethics, these law high potentials are willing to work 56 hours per week.


The willingness to work for free in an internship is also highlighted by the fact that law students are also the most worried about their future careers (66% vs 59% for engineering students and 49% for IT students).


Law students are also the most likely to take a gap year upon graduation, with nearly a quarter deferring graduate entry to take a year out (22%), as opposed to just 5% of IT students.


57% of law students would relocate worldwide if they were to receive an attractive job offer, which is the same percentage as engineering students, and 8% higher than IT students.


Mariana Rajic, senior marketing manager at trendence said: “Everyone knows law is a hard-working profession, and these statistics show that students are prepared to work long hours to get ahead in their careers.


“It is more likely that law students will take gap years due to the intensity of the university course. They have also embraced that their chances of getting a job will increase if they work for free in an internship, which relates to their concern about the current work environment.”


Law students are also of the strongest view that ‘students should pay for their own education’ (47% vs 33% for engineering students).


The annual trendence Graduate Barometer surveys more than 25,000 UK students at more than 100 universities. The findings aim to provide graduate recruiters with a deep insight into student opinions on factors such as employer brand, career aspirations and preferred communication methods. The results also form part of the Guardian 300 listings.  


trendence, which launched in 2000, also allows recruiters to benchmark their brand performance explicitly against named competitors to measure impact on a campus by campus basis.


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