DOMINIC McAndrew is a 22-year-old, who studied architecture at the University of Aberdeen. Since graduating, he has struggled to find work in his chosen field.
“I sent hundreds of CVs to companies across Scotland, Then I sent hundreds of CVs to companies across the US. I even got a visa in case I was offered work out there.
“I must have sent out around 500 CVs in total but I still have not managed to find work in my field. Eighteen of us graduated in our year and so far only three have found a job.
“I am working full time as a restaurant manager at Pizza Express in Edinburgh. This is obviously not my ideal career path but I have actually done much better than my other architecture friends.
“I have quite a lot of experience working in restaurants and coffee shops. My friends who are working are all on minimum wage, earning around £12,000 a year.
“I don’t regret studying at university as I really want to be an architect.
“I have my own website and a portfolio of work to show prospective employers.
“But I know the job market is flooded with qualified applicants and this is a real challenge for everyone.
“People are graduating every year with the same qualifications and there just aren’t the jobs available. I don’t intend to stay in hospitality. I am going back to Aberdeen to do my MA in architecture next September.
“If I still can’t find work in Scotland after this I am going to try America again. I’m also going to apply to companies in Australia and China. These countries have the strongest growing economies.”