Student Employability Overview and Empirical Data

The department follows up on two main aspects of students' employability, i.e., employability as a whole and employability in relation to former (diploma) and current programs (BA and MA). On the whole, the collected data demonstrates that of all our graduates only 14.8% are unable to find employment in six months after graduation, and in 12 months following the graduation, this percentage drops to 6.3% as the charts below indicate.

With the surveying process we wish to maintain in which fields our graduates most typically find employment. Prevalently, they find work in the private sector (61%), also due to a high percentage of self-employment. The following chart demonstrates the division by sector ('Other' includes internships abroad, contractual work, etc.:

1. Pre–Bologna Process translation program

One third of all graduates of the former program found employment in the private sector in the first six months following the graduation, as the chart below demonstrates. The share of graduates who found employment in the public sector is scarce, with all probability due to the governmental budget cuts and the recession):

Twelve months after graduation, graduates are extremely successful in finding employment, as only 3.4% of graduates are unemployed. This statistic is significantly better than the Slovenian average.[1] It is worth mentioning that this is also due to the state-level financial incentives for self-employed start-ups. However, the share of self-employed graduates only amounted to 20%, whereas the share of employment in private enterprises reached to very respectable 39.1%.  The problem of short-term contract persists, as 18% of respondents found short-term contractual work, also as teachers.

Of all employed graduates most of them (88.5%) is related to their studies, only 11.5% of graduates found work in other fields. Unemployment was relatively high in the first half of the year (18.5%), however, it is lower than the Slovenian average (20%), and much lower than among young people in Europe.

Masters in Translation

Employment trends at the current program are very similar. Again, the second half of the year following the graduation is significantly more productive as far as student employment is concerned (unemployment drops from 11.4% to mere 4.4%, well below the national average). This suggests that students are not properly motivated in finding employment in the first six months after graduation, which can be attributed to socio-economic factors and students' benefits. One sixth of students decided to start a small enterprise, whereas 91.3% of graduates do translation-related work.

[1] In the beginning of same period, the unemployment rate in Slovenia amounted to 11.5 percent, whereas the same period saw a 16.4 percent increase in unemployment.