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The Enhancement Themes are a programme of activity involving the whole higher education sector in Scotland. Staff and students collaborate on one or more topics to improve strategy, policy and practice.

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DEVELOPING GRADUATE EMPLOYABILITY SUPPORT IN SCOTLAND

Date: September 17 - 2020

Final project outputs from our Developing Graduate Employability Support in Scotland collaborative cluster are now available!

Led by the University of Dundee, this collaborative cluster of five Scottish Careers Services sought a critical understanding of what creates and impacts on a successful transition for new graduates and the role that Careers Services can or should play.

Through a combination of focus groups and semi-structured interviews, primary research identified four key themes.

  1. Students and graduates seek highly personalised support, available on timescales to suit them. Online delivery is the preferred method for most.
  2. Understanding of what Careers Services offer to graduates is low, and even those who have used Careers Services are not aware of the full range of activities offered. 
  3. Many students and graduates are reluctant to commit to a specific career path and may be unaware of the range of options open to them. 
  4. Some students and graduates are unlikely to seek support from a HE Careers Service after graduation, linking it with ‘going backwards’. 

The key output as a result of these findings is Just Graduated? What next?, a free massive open online course (MOOC) designed to help students and graduates move closer to career success.

Now, more than ever, there is a need for practical and accessible support for finalists and graduates. We encourage you to promote this valuable resource to your final-year students and graduates as they take their next steps in transitioning out of study.

Read the final report


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