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03 May 2019
A study carried out by the Job Board Monster, revealed gender disparities in confidence and perceived earning ability amongst those in University and University graduates in the early phase of their careers.
While 81% of respondents currently enrolled in University report feeling at least somewhat confident in securing a job after graduation, only 16% of women feel "absolutely confident," compared to 27% of men.
Results also showed a gender gap in the perceived ability to find a high-paying job, with 48% of men enrolled in University believing their first job salary will exceed £50,000 compared to just 33% of women.
“The longstanding gender gap in career opportunities persists, and is even appearing before female student graduates," says Monster’s Senior Vice President of Global Market Insights, Joanie Courtney. "Today's female University grad should have just as much confidence as men in planning and managing their career paths, but it's clear they don't. While there is more opportunity and gender equality in the workplace than ever before, there is room for improvement."
The Monster survey also found a distinct gender gap in the perceived importance of University degrees. For women, the value of a degree decreased with experience and time; for men, however, it remained stable or increased. When University students were asked how important their degree would be to the success of their career, 82% said it would be important. In contrast, only 62% of female University graduates said their degree has been important to their careers.
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