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6 December 2018: Graduate Employment Event

On the 6th December, Linking London held a Graduate Employment event, in order to provide our partners with an overview of the current graduate landscape and to look in detail at some of the work our university partners are doing to support graduate employment and student outcomes.

Attendees first heard from Chris Rea and Laura Greaves, from Prospects who were able to give us a picture of the current graduate landscape, with a London focus, and dispel some of the common myths students, parents and other key influencers have about university and being a graduate. 

Monica Deshpande, Head of Employability and Inclusivity, University of Westminster, then spoke about Westminster’s employability strategy and how their offer is being embedded within the curriculum. Monica also talked about building inclusivity to support students from under represented backgrounds.

Following this Philippa Hewett, head of Careers Services at SOAS spoke about how the University tailor their careers advice through the development of a student registration system which determines student’s stages of career thinking in order to tailor support on course.

Our final speaker was Kulvinder Birring, Head of Employability and Placements at London South Bank University followed by talking about how their academic schools support and enhance their employability and placement team. Kulvinder then went on to talk about their Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme (GES) and the impact it has had on their students.

 Following the presentations, attendees had an opportunity to ask questions or comment on any of the topics that came up throughout the afternoon via a panel session. Topics that were discussed included graduate starting salaries and regional trends,  how graduate jobs are classified and the mismatch in terminology, and then finally helping students to understand what is involved in certain occupations or careers.


Before the event finished Linking London shared information on our Labour Market Information tool ‘Analyst’ from EMSI (Economic Modelling Specialist Intelligence). The tool enables us to search LMI data by region, sub region, industry and occupation, viewing both the current labour market picture and predicted trends up to 2026. We have access to drill-downs of London data however this data can be compared with nationwide figures. The detailed data this tool provides includes information on average earnings, sector trends, workforce demographics, and the number of jobs available in a specific industry and/or region.  Please get in touch via if you would like to find out more.

To view sample LMI questions please click here.


To view the presentations and the Q&A panel session from the day please click here. This link will take you to the Partners' Area of the Linking London website. You must be a Linking London member to access this section of the website and you will need your login name and password. If you do not know your username and password, please email


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