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Don't promise graduates the world and not deliver, says Graduate Prospects boss

A third of graduates are disenchanted with their employment, as it is not up to their expectations.

According to a poll of 24,500 graduates by Graduate Prospects and the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), fewer than three out of five are satisfied with their prospects and a third think management ‘stifles innovation'.

In a debate at the AGR annual conference following the launch of the research, Mike Hill, chief executive of Graduate Prospects, advised employers: "Don't promise graduates the world and not deliver. Be honest. Don't just take an HR representative along who gives a glowing overview of what the job about. Take graduates who can give real picture."

The research, released today, shows less than six out of 10 (58%) think their organisation is well-managed and only 47% think employees are allowed to influence final decision where they work.

More than two thirds (68%) are satisfied with their training at work and 73% on a graduate training scheme were happy with their remuneration and benefits.

Corporate social responsibility is important to graduates, with 72% saying energy savings were important. And although less than half of employers (41%) always promote energy saving, 75% of graduates said their employer always encourages fundraising.

But although 79% still feel confident about their employer's future in spite of the recession, a lower percentage (69%) feel secure in their job role.

Graham Chesterman, director at the University of Cambridge careers service, encouraged employers to engage graduate staff. He said: "Hold on to what you recruited. They will be off as soon as economy picks up."