Nearly Half of British Graduates Got their Dream Jobs

October 2, 2015

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. progress / prəˈgrɛs / (v.) – to develop through time
Example: His communication skills have progressed a lot since he started working.

2. curriculum vitae / kəˈrɪk yə ləm ˈvaɪ ti, ˈvi taɪ / (n.) – a document that has a person’s description, including education and work experience
Example: All applicants should submit their curriculum vitae via email.

3. exaggerate / ɪgˈzædʒ əˌreɪt / (v.) – to describe or express something as greater than the actual
Example: Please do not exaggerate your skills in your résumé.

4. desirable / dɪˈzaɪər ə bəl / (adj.) – having qualities that people want
Example: Our company is looking for an applicant with a desirable set of skills.

5. academic / ˌæk əˈdɛm ɪk / (n.) – a teacher or professor in a university
Example: University academics are some of the most respected people in the campus.


Read the text below.
A recent survey revealed that almost half of university graduates in the United Kingdom got their dream jobs.

A team from the National Union of Students (NUS) conducted the said survey, which involved more than 1,400 participants who graduated within the last four years.  The researchers asked the participants about their income, their expected salary increase, career development, and how far they would go to get their dream jobs.

Findings showed that 43% of the participants were able to get the job they dreamed of. On the other hand, 30% got jobs that they did not aim for, while 15% are still looking for the job they want. When it came to their annual income, 30% said they started with £12,000 or less, 9% were unpaid, 27% earned between £12,000 and £19,o00, 29% earned between £19,000 and £30,000, and 3% made more than £30,000 annually.

The survey also revealed that 31% met their expected progress for career development, 26% progressed better than expected, and 33% had slower progress. Also, 34% were willing to lie on their curriculum vitae, while 29% would exaggerate about their knowledge or skills related to the position.

A recent survey by market research firm YouGov also revealed the three most desirable jobs in the United Kingdom. The survey found that 60% of the respondents—both men and women—think being an author is the most desirable job. Second is being a librarian, according to 54% of the respondents.  The third most desirable job, 51% of the respondents said, is being an academic.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         What are the most desirable jobs in your country? Please discuss your answer.
·         What can a person do to make sure that he/she gets his/her dream job?

Discussion B

·         How can one ensure faster career development?
·         What factors affect one’s career development?

October 2, 2015