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AGCAS First-Year Career Readiness Survey 2016/17

The AGCAS First-Year Student Career Readiness Survey is designed as a baseline survey at the university entry point to evaluate students’ levels of career readiness.

Career readiness and careers support needs are revealed through students self-reporting their previous experiences of careers support, motivations for course choice, steps already taken to enhance their employability, current perception of university life and future career plans. The findings can help careers and employability services to develop bespoke initiatives for certain students, to adjust their service provision, and to improve efficiency and quality of service delivery. 

The 2016/17 survey reveals general findings that triangulate well with HEFCE's Careers Registration project and Planning for success: Graduates’ career planning and its effect on graduate outcomes. These include whether or not students had clear career ideas before choosing their university course and how participation in career-related activities varies according to gender.

The 2016/17 survey also presents unique findings of its own. The uniqueness relates to the diversity and characteristics of the four participating institutions and their students. In contrast to many national student surveys, respondents to this survey included a large proportion of mature students, BME students, students studying creative arts and design, and students from smaller institutions.

Author(s): AGCAS: Helen Zhu, AGCAS Research Officer

Production date: 2017

Communities: Research, Employability, Diversity, Creative Industries, Careers Information, Careers Education, Careers Advice and Guidance, AGCAS

Audiences: Careers practitioners , Students and graduates - first year

Format: Web


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