Graduate Success – An investigation of graduate transitions, social mobility and the HEAR

The Graduate Success Project was a BIS-funded joint AGCAS/AGR project, which explored how graduates from a range of backgrounds make the transition to the job market.

The aims of the project were to:

  • encourage employers to think seriously about social mobility
  • investigate graduate and employer perspectives of the graduate employment market
  • increase awareness of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) amongst employers and promote its use as good recruitment practice

The project report presents the main findings and highlights important issues, which have implications for various stakeholders. These include policy makers, HE institutions and careers services, employers, and students and graduates. It presents and analyses the results from two surveys (recent graduates and employers) and identifies that students' attitudes to career planning and employability engagement, and their subsequent behaviour, may be influenced by their levels of social advantage. The implications of this may, in turn, be affected by employers' assumptions and their recruitment practices.

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