We are delighted to announce the new stage of the Futuretrack study, which will be catching up with the Futuretrack cohort of students who applied to university in 2005/2006, most of whom graduated in 2009/10, eight to nine years after their graduation. This is the fifth stage of the Futuretrack longitudinal survey, and is funded by the Nuffield Foundation.
In an increasingly competitive youth labour market, young people's early labour market experience has become progressively more protracted, unstable and fragmented. Between education and employment, unwaged work, temporary work and involuntary part-time work have become a more common for job-seekers, whatever their qualifications. As employers demand evidence of 'employability skills', work placements and internships have become an integral part of secondary and higher education and of early labour market experience.
In Futuretrack, we identified the increasing importance of unpaid work, temporary work, work experience placements during courses and after graduation, in students' and graduates' pursuit of career opportunities and the 'employability skills' that graduate employers seek when recruiting. In this major new ESRC-funded project, we are following up a sample of Futuretrack graduates who had experience of these forms of unpaid work and 'precarious employment', also tracking the experiences of young people who did not enter HE, and investigating the perspectives of employers, in an intensive study of employement opportunities in the Midlands in current and recent years. Members of the research team are also comparing young people's transitions from education to employment during previous periods of recession and comapring these, and the policies and practices that facilitated or obstructed then in their job-seeking, with those of young people today. See www.warwick.ac.uk/paths2work for more information.
The aim of this project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation has been to track student mothers aged 21 and over from their initial applications to Higher Education (HE) in 2005/6, following their experiences of studying and eventually into employment. Building on Futuretrack, the quantitative analysis of the four waves of the Futuretrack survey and the interviews is examining student mothers’ choices of courses and places of study; aspirations on entry into HE and whether these changed over time; why some student mothers dropped out of HE; final qualifications and career destinations; and the key factors which helped or hindered them during their studies, comparing their experiences with those of other students from the same cohort.
Project Start Date: 01/06/2013 Project End Date: 31/10/2014
For further details, contact. Dr Clare Lyonnette: C.Lyonette@warwick.ac.uk