Ninety-seven per cent of 1996 graduates from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) had found jobs, started businesses or been accepted for full-time study by December last year, according to a survey published by the university's Careers Centre. A total of 82 per cent of last year's graduates were in full-time employment or were self- employed when the survey snapshot was taken in November and December. More than 98 per cent of those employed were working in Hong Kong. 'Our students did well last year,' said HKUST Careers Counsellor Cheryl Lee. 'Our survey shows they received more job offers and are earning more, on average, than ever before.' The increasing numbers opting for further study reflects the fast-changing nature of many industries. Ms Lee said: 'Today, a first degree is rarely enough for short- or long-term career development. Many graduates are planning a return to study, either now or later in their career.' The survey covered 1,363 full-time bachelor degree graduates who completed their courses in June 1996.