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Futuretrack Stage 5 report now published

The Futuretrack Stage 5 report is now available and can be accessed by clicking here. We have almost completed analysis and writing of the add-on Covid impact research conducted between September 2020 and January 2021. There will be a full launch of our findings when the Covid extension report has been completed.

Mon 15 Mar 2021, 14:19

The impact of the Covid-19 restrictions and socio-economic effects of the pandemic on the careers of the Futuretrack cohort

We applied to the Nuffield Foundation for a small amount of supplementary funding to enable us the carry out what we are referring to as the Covid-19 codicil research, so that we can update our Stage 5 findings and reflect on the impact of the radically-changed employment context on this very well documented and previously-challenged cohort. At Stage 5, the majority of respondents had overcome the initial misfortunate of graduating into a very difficult post-recession labour market and reported satisfaction with the way their careers and lives were developing, mainly well-established in their chosen fields of employment or self-employment. The respondents who have remained in the longitudinal survey are skewed towards those who have been relatively successfully, academically and in terms of career development, although the full spectrum of graduate outcomes is represented. The Covid-19 codicil research will encompass a very short Online Enquiry questionnaire, followed by a slightly longer Stage 6 15-minute questionnaire sent out during December, and a very small number of detailed telephone interviews with respondents whose experiences illustrate different types of Covid-19 impact.

The findings of the Stage 5 report and the Covid-19 Codicil and Stage 6 research will have important policy implications for government, employers, higher education providers, careers advisers and most of all, for graduates and those planning to enter higher education in the future.

Mon 15 Mar 2021, 14:28

The impact of postgraduate qualifications on employment prospects by Erika Kispeter

HigherEdErika Kispeter gave a talk at the Westminster Higher Education Policy Conference online event entitled The graduate labour market post COVID-19 on 20 October 2020. Erika’s talk, entitled “The impact of postgraduate qualifications on employment prospects” drew on the results of the recently completed Stage 5 of Futuretrack.

The conference explored how university careers services, employers and policy makers should prepare students for employment in the UK in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, bringing together perspectives from researchers, leading careers services professionals and representatives of student organisations.

Erika’s presentation described Futuretrack participants’ engagement in postgraduate study and contrasted the current labour market position of participants who have completed further formal qualifications with those who have not done further study since graduation. Questions and comments from the audience and fellow presenters highlighted the value of the unique evidence that Futuretrack can provide about longer term graduate career outcomes.

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