The University of Nottingham are leading on this strand to explore the role of the UK version of the Career Adaptabilities Scale. Building on a multi-institutional Career Adapt-ability Pilots Project commissioned by the HEA, this strand will aim to measure and facilitate learning gain by tracking a cohort of students over the 2016/17 and 2017/18 academic years. It is being undertaken in liaison with Dr Toni Wright of Newman University who managed the above project.
The CAAS-UK (Careers Adapt-Ability Scale) measures the 4 psycho-social dimensions of: Concern (engagement with and a positive attitude towards the future), Control (exerting control over your situation), Curiosity (being curious about opportunities and possibilities) and Confidence (believing in yourself and your ability to achieve your goal).
The study uses repeated measures mixed methodology, administering the questionnaire twice in each year and conducting a small number of interviews once in each year. It also explores employability enhancement behaviour in the same cohorts via recording their reported engagement with career support activity over time. The strand is working with 6 partner institutions to undertake this work across a range of subjects where graduate level employment levels, six months after graduation, tend to be lower than the relevant institutional average. Thus the project aims to measure how those who tend to be the least engaged with career readiness, as identified by participating universities, develop their employability related learning.
Please contact Dr. Nalayini Thambar (Nalayini dot Thambar at nottingham dot ac dot uk) for further information about planned activities.