According to a new survey, university graduates are expecting starting salaries that are 25% higher than the national average. The poll, from the careers platform Bright Network, found that young people expect their first salaries after university to be more than £30,000. This is significantly higher than the average starting salary for recent graduates, estimated at between £24,000 and £27,000.
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The findings suggest that university students are increasingly aware of the importance of securing a high-paying job after graduation. With tuition fees and other costs of attending university rising steadily, many students are likely to feel pressure to earn a good salary to repay their debts.
However, it is worth noting that the average starting salary is not always an accurate indicator of future earnings potential. Some graduates earn much more than the average, while others find it difficult to progress in their careers and make less. Therefore, students need to focus on finding a job that they are passionate about rather than simply aiming for the highest salary possible.
According to the Bright Network poll, the top five most popular graduate job sectors among university students are:
2. Banking and finance
4. Marketing and advertising
5. Human resources
If you are a university graduate looking for a job in one of these sectors, it is worth researching the average starting salaries for each area. This will give you a better idea of what to expect when applying for jobs and can help you negotiate a higher salary if you successfully secure an interview.
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