The ideal student job – working as a DLHE Telephone Researcher

Alice Hook, DLHE Telephone Researcher

This January I will start my third campaign as a DLHE Telephone Researcher. I can honestly say that it is the ideal student job! The work hours fit around lectures, the pay is great and you get some valuable experience.

The advantages of working for the university are the flexibility and understanding around academic commitments. During exam season I could take shifts off on the day before my exams and, in the run up to big deadlines, I was able to request fewer shifts.


What are Bristol Graduates up to now?

What are Bristol Graduates up to now?

Every year, we get in touch with recent graduates to find out what they’re up to now that they’ve left the University of Bristol. Each year the results reveal some interesting and surprising facts – the most recent survey for 2015/16 graduates was no exception.

In this survey, we heard from 62% of all graduates either online or through our telephone campaign. This included 78% of all full-time, UK undergraduates and 60% of those from the EU.

Here is a snapshot of what we discovered:


This includes full and part time work and study. Other activities include travelling,  due to start a job, looking for work or doing something else.


Bristol Graduates love Bristol!

17% of graduates are still living and working in the Bristol area and 34% of graduates who have pursued further study, such as a Masters or PhD, have chosen to do so at the University of Bristol. 


What jobs are they doing now?


University of Bristol Graduates go into all sorts of careers, some of which you may expect while others are a little more unusual.



Here are some job title highlights from the 15/16 survey:

  • Associate Catastrophe Analyst for Liberty Specialist Markets (Geography graduate)
  • Fraud Investigator for Amazon (French and Italian graduate)
  • Talent Specialist for Vodafone (Geography graduate)
  • Recruitment Strategy Analyst (Biology graduate)
  • Drug Policy Researcher for the Transform Drugs Policy Foundation (Philosophy and Spanish graduate)
  • Agile Mobile and Web Developer for Theodo UK (Mathematics and Computer Science graduate)
  • Specialist Environmental Instructor at a Residential Centre (Zoology graduate)

If you’re graduating in Summer 2017, you will be contacted between November 2017 and March 2018 about completing the survey. Completing it helps us to improve our careers support for current students and recent graduates.

What do you do with a BA in… ? :/

If you’re struggling to decide what to do after you graduate, discovering what the previous graduates from your course have gone on to do is a good place to find inspiration.

DLHE logoThe Careers Service talk to around 80% of graduates each year to find out what they are doing six months after graduation as part of the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. We collect data about their jobs or next course of study, and make this information available on our our what do Bristol graduates do webpage. The results make for fascinating reading.


Last year, around 70 per cent of graduates entered employment in the six months after graduation, with the majority (85%) entering a professional or managerial position. Bristol graduates are very much in control of their employment options post-graduation, with three in five indicating that they chose their job because it fitted exactly into their career plan.

And these career plans are where it gets really interesting. For example, some of last year’s English graduates started roles in marketing, journalism and publishing; but a large proportion chose to use the skills they gained during their degree to do something different, entering careers as tailors, internet fraud specialists and psychotherapists.

Further study

Many Bristol graduates choose to continue their studies, taking higher level qualifications to gain more subject specific experience. Last year’s English graduates are now researching topics including children’s literature and literary theory. But for others, further study is an opportunity to draw on their academic accomplishments for an entirely new purpose.

Of last year’s graduates starting the Graduate Diploma in Law, for example, one fifth were history graduates. Other graduates chose to pursue their passion in acting, to start a new language course in Japanese, or to embark on a new career as a medic through a graduate entry programme.


Where to be after graduation is often as important a consideration as what to do. The south west is home to both big businesses and small enterprises, so Bristol graduates have great opportunities to start their careers in the local area. Last year, one quarter of English graduates stayed in the south west region, with Bristol being the most popular city location.

But if you feel like spreading your wings, you will find recent alumni working and studying throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. Some seek out opportunities much further afield, in locations such as East Timor (if you like the heat) and the British Antarctic Territory (if you prefer it a little cooler).

Be inspired

The only limit to deciding where you want to be after graduating is your own imagination.

Graduands in the procession out of the Great Hall at the end of a summer 2012 graduation ceremonyThe Careers Service is here to help you explore the range of options available to you – use our online resources to get inspired, or contact us for more advice!