Produced and directed by James Sandy; filmed by Petros Gioumpasis; edited by Dolapo West-George
Go on, Claudia.
Hello. My name is Claudia Sola and I joined Goldman Sachs as a graduate two years ago after graduating from Imperial College.
Hi, I'm Emily Gotch. I graduated from UCL this summer. I'm now working as a partner development manager in the artificial intelligence recruit team at Microsoft. Thank you.
Finance is no longer the most popular choice for graduates. I believe that nowadays there is a much wider range of opportunities and career choices than there might traditionally have been before. However, I still thought when I was graduating that finance was a very attractive choice. Not only do you get to solve very challenging and exciting problems, but you also get to see a daily relevance of the work you're doing.
Yeah. I don't think finance is the most popular choice for graduates any more. I think it might be one of the most popular choices for their parents. I don't know.
Technology feels, to me, more like the future. Finance can feel a little bit stagnated. And students today who are graduating are quite keen to be in the middle of things. They're quite keen to be where the change is happening. They're quite keen to be progressive.
Thank you. Oh, yes.
Graduates now favour quality of life over high pay. I think this is an interesting one. People keep talking about quality of life and work-life balance. And it is very important to have that in the firm you're going to join.
But I think, to me, as a graduate, when I was 21 finishing university, that was not my first number one worry. It was not how many hours was I going to work, or if I would have time to have dinner at home with my parents.
See, I'm the opposite. I really am. I feel, like I don't think I would ever sacrifice my quality of life. For me, it's everything.
I didn't feel like I had both when I worked in finance, because I was on a finance scholarship whilst I was at UCL. I didn't feel like I still had time to process what I was learning and to really work on that and build it and develop myself, because I didn't necessarily have that quality of life, as well.
The graduates are taking more risks with their career choices. I believe people are maybe not taking more risks than traditionally, but what I see is, like, my friends and colleagues is that people are bolder at following their passions.
I do feel like my peers who are graduating are taking more risks. But then, I don't know if that's actually voluntary. It's a difficult economic climate to graduate uni into. And so people are kind of thinking, you know, maybe I should actually be a bit safer. Or, you know what? Maybe I'll never get a great job anyway. I'll just go and see what I love, you know?
Maybe millennials, or whatever generation we are called nowadays, we are seen like we jump from one opportunity to another, much faster. But I think what is very important for us is to have that excitement and that new challenge continuously.