Why We Created Developing a Student
After recognising the detrimental impact of COVID-19 on the UK’s economy, and the sharp rise in youth unemployment, we knew that there needed to be more practical support for students and graduates. With the Resolution Foundation reporting that the effects of recessions have a greater impact on those who have recently left or will soon leave full time education, we wanted to provide a practical space where young people can find both information and opportunities. This website will help students and graduates to decide on a career path that is right for them, despite the uncertain economic crisis we are living in.
In 2020 the Institute for Student Employers reported that graduate recruitment was already down by 12% compared to 2019, highlighting how the economic fallout of Covid-19 fell immediately on those who were attempting to enter the UK’s labour market. Many students are now deciding to stay in education and ‘ride out the storm’, which is reflected in Prospects’ report that 38% of final year students have opted to stay in further education.
Although the graduate market has taken a big hit, there are still opportunities out there. It is reported that in 2020 internship opportunities rose by 30% with many companies introducing virtual internships in place of traditional ones. Alongside this, apprenticeships also provide another opportunity to further enhance skills and experience through gaining an official qualification and a job at the same time.
With an abundance of confusing information out there, we realised the benefit of providing a one-stop-shop for all your careers and employment needs. We are a company with numerous graduates on our team, and so we understand first-hand the difficulty of finding employment in the current climate.
That is why we are dedicated to ensuring all young people can fulfil their potential, and find their next step.