With the bachelor’s degree widely viewed as offering mediocre job prospects to university graduates, most German students aim for a master’s degree.
But the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, which analyzes educational trends, reported this week that about half the bachelor’s graduates from technical schools and a quarter of those from universities find jobs right after getting their degrees.
And after a year of working, most graduates are happy with their pay, job responsibilities and career prospects.
“The bachelor graduates have arrived in the job market," said Arend Oetker, president of Stifterverband. “The fear that one will find no job is completely unfounded.”
Nine out of 10 graduates who choose to continue their studies are able to study in their chosen field, according to the study.
Germany has been reforming its education system over the last few years, introducing a new system of bachelor and master’s degrees. The move away from traditional German degrees, such as the four-to-six-year Diplom and Magister, has been controversial but brings the country into line with other European countries.
Advocates for students, however, are warning that the effects of the educational reforms need to be more closely examined.
A spokeswoman for the Free Association of Student Bodies, which supports students’ rights in Germany, said uncertainty over the new system cannot be “simply explained away.”