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Graduate choices in post-education jobs and careers: a literature review (DFE-RR857)

Examines the career choices graduates make and how this links to their decisions when in higher education. Draws on a review of databases and literature gathered from websites, covering stakeholders, such as higher education organisations and government departments. Reviews documents published since 2005, including some international literature. Includes a secondary analysis of the Futuretrack survey which traced 2005-6 UCAS applicants for full-time higher education courses through to 2011-12. Looks at: how the qualifications graduates gain enable them to practise in their chosen industry or profession; the types of courses that qualify graduates to practise in their chosen industry or profession; the extent to which graduates gain employment in their chosen field; the proportion of professions or roles that require a relevant degree; the extent to which graduates gain employment in their chosen field; and the extent to which graduates change their minds about their career choices during their studies. Finds that the extent to which the qualifications that graduates gain enable them to practise in their chosen industry or profession depends on a range of factors, and other selection criteria are important in graduate recruitment e.g. attitudes and aptitudes for work. Notes that for many students, career decision-making evolves over the course of undergraduate studies, but others have clear career ideas as they enter higher education, e.g. those in more vocationally oriented subjects such as medicine or nursing.

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Author:
Baldauf, Beate; Luchinskaya, Daria, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick
Year:
2019
Pages:
59
Ref No:
B52917
Source:
Department for Education (DfE)

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