More than 2,500 academics have taken the LSAT, with some finding that it’s the easiest way to advance their career.
And while some may prefer to spend their time at home, a survey of over 2,000 academics found that the LSAC – the UK’s top exam provider – is still the most popular method of employment.
The survey, conducted by the Association of Academic Planners (AAP) found that almost two-thirds (64%) of the respondents had completed the LSATS, with only 25% opting to return to academia.
The survey found that while many employers offer careers as academic posters, only about one-third (32%) of academics who took the LSats said they had been employed as such.
The main reason for not working in academia is that employers prefer to hire academics from their own network, said the survey.
This is a factor that many academics consider a ‘cost of doing business’ when deciding where to start their career, said one respondent.
It is important to note that a significant number of employers do offer opportunities for academics to work for a fee, according to a survey by the Council of Chief Executives (CCE).
The survey, carried out in August, found that 60% of the organisations surveyed have an internship programme for new hires, with the majority (71%) of them offering unpaid internships.
However, many employers do not offer a formal apprenticeship, with nearly half (47%) of respondents stating that the reason for choosing not to work in academia was ‘not practical’.
There is no minimum qualification required to apply for the LSAS, but it is recognised as a valuable qualification for many academics, who can then use their work experience to gain a qualification or qualifications.
Some organisations, such as Cambridge University, have launched a new initiative, the Cambridge LSAT Scholarship, which allows academics to earn up to £150,000 per year, in exchange for the chance to work at a prestigious academic institution.
A similar scheme was introduced by Trinity College Dublin, which also offers a scholarship to new graduates in the same area.
A spokesman for Trinity College said that there were currently over 800 students who have applied for the scholarships, and that they were “all recognised as genuine academics” by the CCE.
“This year, we have been inundated with applications from academics in all different fields, with more than 70 applications for the prestigious Trinity College Scholarship,” he said.
“There are many thousands of potential candidates on our scholarship waiting list.”
This year’s LSAT has also been an increasingly popular option for employers, with almost three-quarters of employers having employed an academic as a student, with an average salary of £27,000.
Many employers also use the LSAs to recruit students from their local area, with over one-quarter (27%) of employers reporting that they are able to recruit from the region where their students live.