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IFF Report: Graduates’ career planning and its effect on their outcomes

We’re delighted that the much anticipated ‘Graduates’ career planning and its effect on their outcomes’ report has been published by the Department for Education.

This is a really important piece of research given it was not only designed to record graduate outcomes two and half years after leaving HE but crucially to explain how they reach these outcomes.

The study, which involved almost 7,500 graduates who left HE in the 2011-12 academic year, found that the two most important factors in guiding graduates to professional level employment were:

  • Having a career plan upon leaving university
  • Attending a higher TRAC group university

Its very timely publication now coincides with HESA’s final consultation on the proposed NewDLHE model, which will replace the existing Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) and Longitudinal DLHE surveys. There is much crossover between this published research and the NewDLHE consultation, in particular, the need to contextualise destinations data and review how graduate ‘success’ is defined.

View the full report here