Document Abstract

Vocational degrees and employment outcomes

Uses early-career employment data for four cohorts of first degree graduates to create a measure based on the proportion of graduates entering a narrow set of occupations, to examine whether studying subjects that are more vocational is associated with better employment outcomes. Indicates that about 10% of subjects are considered to be highly vocational and are all in the broad subject groups of medicine and dentistry, veterinary sciences and subjects allied to medicine; and that no relationship is found between how vocational a subject is and how many people study it, nor how it varies across the types of higher education institution. Notes that graduates in more vocational subjects are more likely to be employed in highly skilled roles and associated with higher early career earnings.

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Author:
Higher Education Funding Council for England
Year:
2018
Pages:
23
Ref No:
B50232
Source:
Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

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