FutureLearn partners on free online course to help graduates find jobs
Social learning platform FutureLearn has partnered with Graduate Coach to launch the ‘How To Get A Graduate Job’ online course.
Graduates already face a rigorous multi-stage job application process when it comes to graduate-level vacancies, but the impact of the pandemic has made the job market far more competitive than previous years. Graduate Coach estimates that there are now around 2 million master’s and bachelor’s graduates currently without jobs, while the market for graduate job openings remains down by 77% according to recent data from Adzuna.
“Coaching for academic, sporting or artistic success is commonplace, yet getting coached for career success isn’t,” said Chris Davies, Head Coach and Founder of Graduate Coach. “Our aim is for this course to help tens of thousands turn their current feelings of hopelessness into hope.”
Justin Cooke, Chief Content and Partnerships Officer at FutureLearn added: “The graduate jobs market is currently facing one of its toughest periods. Not only are job openings down, but the average salary for graduate roles has also decreased by over 3% since last year. There has never been a more pressing need for accessible resources to help the UK’s young people navigate such a challenging landscape.”
Due to the overabundance of academically qualified graduates, employers are actively seeking out the most workplace-ready candidates, who are able to clearly demonstrate their employability skills. ‘How To Get A Graduate Job’ is a 3-week long course that requires around two hours of weekly study, and has been designed to help graduates or soon-to-be graduates better understand the graduate recruitment process and prepare for the world of work.