Chris will present on recent research using large-scale longitudinal survey datasets from full-time undergraduate students in the UK, comparing students’ answers at approximately six months after graduation with their answers at 3.5 years after graduation.
The key question is: What can universities do to enhance the early career success of their undergraduate leavers?
The research is able to analyse and rank a set of features which universities can either control directly or influence directly:
· The role of the university careers service in helping students find work
· The role of careers support in forming and pursuing flexible career plans
· Whether the degree supports transferrable skills
· Whether the degree has work experience
· The importance of the degree grade, subject, type, and evidence of skills for finding work
More than 70% of graduates in our study were positive about how well HE prepared them for the future. While this is a good starting point, it still means over a fifth did not feel well supported. Better outcomes were found when the careers service played a stronger role and when the degree was more closely linked to the workplace.
The presentation will place these insights in the context of recent critiques of higher education and concern that the labour market benefits conferred by having a degree might be placed on shaky foundations and weakening over time, with suggestions for how the sector can regain control of the debate and deliver the best value for its students.
Professional Standards Competency - Technology, information and resources, Career development program delivery
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