One in ten undergrads think they’ll earn over £50,000 when they leave uni

Don’t be silly


A cocky 10 per cent of undergraduates think they’ll be earning more than £50,000 when they leave uni and start a job. 

Almost a third were more modest and said they’d be earning between £20,000 and £25,000.

But The Tab’s survey found one in 10 claimed they’d be raking in £50,000 or more a year.

But students finishing uni this year rated themselves higher. While less graduates said they’d earn over £50,000 – a third said they’d pocket between £25,000 and £30,000.

The national average starting salary for grads is between £26,000 and £29,000 – meaning most of us aren’t aiming high enough.

In our survey of nearly 2,500 students, 45 per cent of undergrads said they didn’t have any internship or work experience lined up for the summer.

10 per cent of these grads think they'll be on over £50k

10 per cent of these grads think they’ll be on over £50k

And for those who had bagged a placement, a third of them were doing it for free and paying their own expenses. Only a tenth said they’d be reimbursed for their expenses.

The same number also said they’d applied to 10 or more internships this summer. And the students lucky enough to grab work mostly applied for them directly, with only 30 per cent saying they’d used a connection through family or friends.

We quizzed you on your life after uni and the majority of respondents said their life would get more boring.

Half thought they would drink less after the graduate, a third said they’d take less drugs and a sorry 10 per cent think they’ll be having less sex.

But most remain optimistic – a third said they’ll be having just as much fun the bedroom when they leave.