It’s a big, scary world out there – particularly for an undergraduate taking that seemingly small step over that invisible line where the word ‘under’ suddenly gets dropped. Before they know it, they’re just a ‘graduate’, and what on earth are they going to do? Well, as it turns out, that’s exactly what we’d like to know. The Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) Survey is for recent graduates. Congratulations to everyone who has just received their final degree classification, you will be hearing about the DLHE Survey from the university between 10th November 2014 and 7th March 2015. Students who graduated between 1st August, and 31st December in 2013, you only have until the 25th June to fill the survey out. Don’t forget, there’s a tasty £100 Amazon voucher up for grabs for those who take a few minutes to complete the survey. 5-10 minutes of your time is surely worth it.

The information you provide will answer questions about whether you’re currently in work, or further study, and all of this will be compiled into various different handy snippets like league tables, and advice for future students about routes they can take and what opportunities there are. Bear in mind that all your information will remain anonymous. When you do complete your survey, the information will be sent off to the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA), the government organisation that oversees DLHE. If you’re a graduate that has already completed the survey but keeps getting email reminders, or you don’t want to complete the survey then email dlhe@southampton.ac.uk to let them know, and they will be able to help.

So, those of you just graduating this summer, what will it be? Is it time to take that gap year you avoided in order to side-step the fees increase? Perhaps a tour of East Asia would be good for the soul after three years bent over textbooks. Many of you have landed internships, or got your foot on the first rung of the career ladder. A lot of us still have a summer wide open, excited, with no idea what will be on the other side of it. Some of us know we’ll be back at university, because we just can’t get enough of higher education! Whatever the plan, we wish you all the best for the future.

To fill out the survey, follow this link: https://dlhe.hesa.ac.uk/survey/?inst=0160 .

Words: Leodora Darlington