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Degrees of Advantage: A longer-term investigation of the careers of UK graduates

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.

Futuretrack Stage 5 aims to:

  • create an accurate picture of the kinds of jobs graduates are doing in the longer-term, and how they got them,
  • explore how the recession affected graduate employment,
  • collect data on the longer-term impact of student debt on graduate careers,
  • establish whether higher education has contributed to social mobility, and
  • compare the experiences of the Futuretrack cohort with students who graduated in 1995.

Futuretrack is an academic research study that explores the relationship between higher education, career decision-making and labour market opportunities – an issue that has become heated in media and academic debates. Futuretrack stages 1-4 were led by Professor Kate Purcell, working closely with Professor Peter Elias. It tracked the 2005/2006 cohort of applicants who applied to study on full-time undergraduate courses through the University and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) applicants four times in six years, starting from their initial application to higher education, shedding a great deal of light on the relationship between higher education, employment and how students’ views of career options evolved during their studies. Findings from all previous stages 1-4 are available on our website. The fourth stage, conducted in 2011/12, looked at what kinds of jobs recent graduates were doing around two years after graduation. The new fifth stage provides a timely opportunity to catch up with the Futuretrackers to see how they have navigated the labour market over the longer term.

The new fifth stage is led by Professor Peter Elias and Professor Kate Purcell, with a new team of researchers at the Warwick Institute for Employment Research that includes old Futuretrack team members and new faces. Like previous stages, Futuretrack Stage 5 will include the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data.

Thu 29 Mar 2018, 15:07 | Tags: Futuretrack, Graduate Labour Market, Nuffield Foundation