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As research for one of the modules of the AGCAS/Warwick CEIGHE Diploma, Rachel Coombes, trainee careers consultant at the University of Exeter, examined to what extent UK institutions should be trying to support international students with overseas labour market intelligence (LMI).
This issue had been raised in my institution in relation to whether we should be providing country-specific employability pages. In undertaking research into the matter, I contacted a number of UK higher education institutions through AGCAS-SERVICELINK to gain their perspective on the situation. I was surprised by the amount of interest in my enquiry.
Growing demand for overseas LMI
There is definitely a growing demand from students for overseas LMI, particularly with the growing numbers of international students attending UK institutions. However, with a growing global marketplace it is not just international students who may need this information, but home students looking to work abroad too. Given the number of different countries students may be interested in, how best to provide this information, and to what extent, seems to be a topic high on the agenda for a number of institutions.
There are many useful websites that institutions are using to support their students. The main ones are:
• AGCAS Country Profiles on the TARGETjobs
(Find out about working abroad) and TARGETcourses (Studying abroad)
• Going Global
• Prospects Country Profiles
These websites collate some fantastic resources around specific countries and pull together information that would be highly resource-intensive for institutions to do on their own.
For some institutions, developing their own country specific LMI wasn't something they had time and capacity for. One institution I spoke to, however, seemed to have developed a very interesting approach to their institution-specific overseas LMI. They did not to go into detailed overseas LMI, thereby duplicating what may already be on other websites, rather they had created country profiles which detailed the institution's DLHE information for a particular country along with alumni profiles, links to further information and jobs advertised by the university for that country. In this way, the information was very specific for that university and could be easily updated.
There was a small number of institutions who were starting to provide specific workshops for certain countries. These workshops often focused on the countries where the majority of international students came from such as China, India and Nigeria. Some institutions are also running more general sessions on working overseas, rather than focusing on a specific country.
Virtual international careers fairs also take place in a number of institutions and a few are even able to run careers fairs overseas in a select number of countries.
A number of institutions are already using their alumni as sources of overseas LMI. The majority are providing case studies on their websites of how alumni have sourced jobs in various countries and advice they would give. This information not only helps current students, but also prospective ones too.
In reviewing the approaches of different institutions across the UK, it would appear that enabling students to access overseas labour markets is not all about information giving. Further support can be given by providing skills sessions and raising students' awareness of the importance of targeting their applications to the country they are applying to.
Using information resources already developed by AGCAS, Going Global, etc and combining these with institution-specific information can help support students in a less resource-intensive way. However, as with providing information on the UK labour market, it is impossible to cover all aspects, which makes it even more important to empower our students with the tools to start helping them along in the process.
For further information, please contact: Rachel Coombes, Trainee Careers Consultant, University of Exeter.
The Graduate Labour Market Task Group (GLAM) is seeking two new members to join the group. GLAM works with HESA, HEFCE and other key stakeholders on a range of issues concerning DLHE and related data collections. It also develops good practice and resources to enable careers services to utilise graduate labour market information in innovative ways and support students in their journey after graduation.
The group meets twice a year, usually October and March, with co-opted members from HESA, HEFCE, the Scottish Government, BIS, ONS and HECSU. At the present time, the group comprises:
• three members who have responsibility for DLHE data collection, institutional surveys and student statistics;
• one careers adviser;
• a head of servcie and an assistant head of service who utilise DLHE at a strategic level.
This range of roles has proved extremely helpful in developing the work of GLAM. To maintain this balance we would particularly welcome applications from AGCAS members who either use LMI in advice and guidance work with students or who have a service responsibility that utilises DLHE in strategic planning and evaluation. However, we welcome applications from anyone who is passionate about collecting accurate LMI and then telling the story to students, academics and all those interested in graduate outcomes.
How to apply
Please send a concise personal statement, preferably no more than two sides of A4, outlining your relevant experience and skills and why you are interested in joining GLAM to Jan Moore.
The closing date is Thursday 20 June 2013.
To find out more about GLAM and the work of its members, telephone Jan Moore, GLAM Chair, on 0161 247 3481.
The annual AGCAS graduate labour market survey reveals that the vast majority of the leaders of higher education careers and employability services believe that the graduate labour market improved further in 2015.
More than four in five (81.5%) of respondents to the AGCAS Heads of Service Graduate Market and Student Engagement Survey agree that the graduate labour market was more buoyant in the year to 31 July 2015 than the previous year.
Increase in graduates opportunities
More than four in five (81.5%) of respondents to the AGCAS Heads of Service Graduate Market and Student Engagement Survey agree that the graduate labour market was more buoyant in the year to 31 July 2015 than the previous year. Heads observed an increase in graduate opportunities in five key sectors:
• information technology
• accounting, banking and finance
• business consulting and management
• marketing, advertising and PR
• engineering and manufacturing
Dr Bob Gilworth, AGCAS Director of Research and Director of College Careers Services at The Careers Group, University of London, said:
"This is a survey of the leaders of careers and employability teams from across the UK and Ireland, working day in, day out with students and employers at the forefront of the graduate job market."
Careers fair engagement
Reports of the death of "the milk round" should not be confused with the health of careers fairs, which the AGCAS survey shows to be alive and well right across the country. Respondents commented that there was a noticeable increase in employer engagement with careers fairs in the year to 31 July 2015, particularly small and specialised careers fairs. The overwhelming majority (over 90%) are organised directly by university careers services and sit alongside many other activities through which careers services engage employers on campus.
Dr Gilworth added:
"Virtually all of the careers services responding to the survey have their own vacancy services, handling thousands of graduate jobs including, but by no means restricted to, the major graduate recruiters featured in other market surveys. Indeed, the sector profile of our survey reflects the very real impact of the inclusion of the many opportunities with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and differs, therefore, from other national surveys which focus exclusively on the largest graduate recruiters."
Engagement with students
In addition to graduate labour market buoyancy, careers service engagement with students prior to their final year also continues, with well over half of respondents reporting a further increase against an already high level of activity. A similar number also reported a continuing increase in student interest in work placements and internships.
For any queries relating to the AGCAS graduate labour market survey, please contact Ian Ford, AGCAS Business Manager, 0114 251 5752 or Gemma Green, AGCAS Communications and Engagement Manager, 0114 251 5754.
HESA has published performance indicators for the employment of leavers from higher education (HE). The statistics cover every HE institution in the UK and are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2011/12 graduates. The survey was changed for 2011/12 so the results are not comparable with those for previous years.
Overall, 90.8% of full-time first degree leavers were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. The employment rates for institutions varied from 77.4% to 100.0%.
HESA has also published indicators for research output, including the number of PhDs awarded relative to an institution's academic staff costs.
The 2013 edition of What Do Graduates Do? has been published. What Do Graduates Do? is a collaboration between the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and HECSU. The research shows the destinations of 242,285 first degree graduates and 81,650 postgraduates in January 2013 - six months after they had left university. This year's report features unprecedented data on postgraduate destinations.
New for 2013
This year's report features unprecedented data on postgraduate destinations. It is an invaluable resource for HE careers advisers wanting to grasp the essence of the destinations of students from both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Janice Montgomery, Chair of the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group, explains:
"WDGD? is an excellent resource for HE careers advisers who want to gain specialist knowledge of trends within specific subjects related to their caseloads, to better advise students, subject groups and academics in their institutions. Students and prospective students can be directed to articles on skills development while at university. The new article on postgraduate study provides a clearer picture of some of the outcomes for those undertaking further study. We hope that our colleagues will find this an invaluable resource."
Findings show that postgraduates are more likely to find employment and work in a professional role, and less likely to be unemployed, than first degree graduates. The most common roles that postgraduates go into are as education professionals, health professionals and legal, social and welfare professionals.
Almost one in five first degree graduates go on to further study with 13% enrolling in further study and 6% opting to work and study. Those who go on to postgraduate education are more successful in the labour market than their first degree counterparts.
Charlie Ball, Deputy Director of Research at HECSU, said:
"The annual graduate destination survey has much-improved data on further study and postgraduates this year so we can take a closer look at these areas in What Do Graduates Do? It shows that further study isn't just a tactic to delay getting a job, but a destination that has positive employment outcomes with many choosing to study career-related subjects."
How to access What Do Graduates Do?
Download the latest edition (2013) of What Do Graduates Do?
Following the official partnership between AGCAS and GTI Media, the AGCAS Publications Team is delighted to announce that 20 Country Profiles are now live on the targetjobs.co.uk and targetcourses.co.uk websites.
The published profiles are:
• Czech Republic
Find out about working abroad in each of the above countries on targetjobs.co.uk - topics covered are the job market, applying for jobs, vacancy sources, getting work experience, visa information, and living conditions.
Find out about studying abroad in each of the above countries on targetcourses.co.uk - including an overview of the higher education system, what courses you can study, how to apply for postgraduate courses, fees and scholarships, exchange programmes, whether the qualifications will be recognised in the UK, and visa requirements.
The AGCAS Publications Team will keep members informed of more Country Profiles going live.
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
New members have been appointed to the AGCAS Graduate Labour Market (GLaM) Sub Committee. Andrew Whitmore (Manchester) joins the group as Co-Chair working alongside Terry Dray, existing Co-Chair and the Heads of Service Representative on the AGCAS Board of Directors. The group is also joined by Christopher Tye (Reading) and Stephen Davie (Sheffield).
GLaM works with HESA, HEFCE and other key stakeholders, including BIS, ONS, HECSU and the Scottish Government, on a range of issues concerning DLHE and related data collections. It also develops good practice and resources to enable HE careers service staff to utilise graduate labour market information (LMI) in innovative ways and support student transitions. GLaM is also making a significant contribution to HESA's Destinations and Outcomes Review.
Further news about the Destination and Outcomes Review, and other GLaM activity and projects, will be released in due course.
A new survey from the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) reveals that the vast majority of the heads of careers and employability services believe that the graduate labour market improved further in 2014.
83.4% of respondents to the AGCAS Heads of Service Graduate Market and Student Engagement Survey agree that graduate vacancies increased in 2014. More than a quarter of heads observed an increase in graduate vacancies in five key sectors: information technology; business consulting and management; marketing, advertising and PR; engineering and manufacturing; and accountancy, banking and finance.
In addition to graduate labour market buoyancy, interest in self-employment has also risen with 25% of heads reporting an increased interest amongst graduates in pursuing self-employment as a credible alternative route to employment.
Careers fairs as popular as ever
Despite the increase in the use of social media platforms, heads also report that careers fairs remain as popular as ever as a means of attracting and engaging graduate employers, with an average of 5.4 fairs organised per higher education institution, attracting an average of 196 employers per institution.
Furthermore, the trend of the last few years of engaging pre final year students continues, with 58% of heads reporting increases in earlier engagement with the careers and employability service. University careers services are well-positioned to help employers recruit suitable graduates and support students in their preparation for the world of work. This, together with an improving labour market and greater opportunities for self-employment, paints an encouraging and positive picture for students and graduates in 2015.
Sharp-end view of the graduate market
Dr Bob Gilworth, AGCAS Director of Research and Director of College Services & Co-Director of The Careers Group, University of London, said:
"This survey captures the views of leaders of higher education careers services dealing directly with students and employers all day, every day. There are excellent surveys already available but, for understandable reasons, these often relate to a relatively small number of universities and/or just the largest employers. We are delighted to be able to use the strength of our membership to provide this additional sharp-end view of the graduate market and student engagement, covering all types of higher education institutions and all sizes and sectors of employers."
About the AGCAS Heads of Service Graduate Market and Student Engagement Survey
145 heads of AGCAS-member careers and employability services based in the UK and Republic of Ireland were invited to complete the survey during December 2014.
Journalists wishing to arrange an interview with a senior representative of AGCAS should contact: Gemma Green, email@example.com or 0114 251 5771; or Ian Ford, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0114 251 5772.
A consultation on the content and frequency of the Graduate labour market statistics (GLMS) publication has been launched. The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is seeking views from users of the statistics, specifically on the frequency and content of future releases.
GLMS is a quarterly publication covering labour market conditions for English domiciled graduates and postgraduates relative to non-graduates. It was first published in December 2014 and was designed to be published on a quarterly basis. The statistics are published as experimental statistics by BIS and are being evaluated to ensure they meet users' needs. The most recent issue of GLMS can be found on the AGCAS website.
Scope of the consultation
The consultation puts forward a proposal to publish the statistics on an annual rather than quarterly basis to allow a more thorough assessment of the graduate labour market.
Further information about the consultation, including the questions raised, can be found on the GOV.UK website.
How to respond
The closing date for feedback is 1 December 2015 at 11.45pm. AGCAS members who wish to contribute to the consultation should submit their views before this date via email to Patrick Vanderpant or Emma Sadler at BIS.
Heads of higher education careers services report a healthy graduate job market in 2016, despite challenges of Brexit
Around 70% of respondents to the Annual AGCAS Graduate Labour Market and Student Engagement Survey reported an increase in graduate vacancies and saw the market as generally more buoyant than the previous year.
In the last year careers services have improved their offering to students and increased engagement with businesses. This has resulted in a diversification of employers at careers fairs and increased engagement from students. Some 90% of careers services said they now offered other on-campus employer activities alongside careers fairs, with 6 out of 10 increasing this activity in 2015/16. This demonstrates the dedication of AGCAS members to diversifying their offering to reflect the real market and the breadth of students’ interests.
The continuing trend towards increased engagement with small and medium-sized enterprises is evident from the survey. This has helped those firms to recruit and has, in turn, helped more graduates enter professional jobs. Heads reported a significant increase in vacancies in the IT sector, along with increases in engineering. However, heads also reported a decrease in vacancies in media, the public sector and energy-related sectors.
Some three quarters of careers services now manage placements and internships in their institutions, with half reporting higher proportions of students and graduates taking up placements/internship opportunities in 2015/16 than the previous year. This would seem to reflect the acknowledged importance of work experience for students, employers and careers services alike.
Overall, the picture in Scotland and the North of England was more positive than in London and the South of England. Heads based in larger institutions were more positive than heads in smaller institutions.
Dr Bob Gilworth, AGCAS Director of Research and Knowledge, said:
“Despite some reports of Brexit-related uncertainty, the graduate market remained relatively buoyant in 2016 with more than 70% of HE careers service heads reporting improvements on the previous year. The impact of the growth of Degree Apprenticeships started to show through to some extent. On-campus employer activity continued to grow and diversify, with over 90% of heads attributing this to business development by their teams. This demonstrates the continuing commitment of AGCAS member services to working closely with employers of all kinds, including increased interaction with small and medium-sized enterprises.”
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Thu 11 Jun 2015
The 8th annual Graduate Employment Conference, organised by Gradcore, takes place on 11 June 2015 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester. #GEC15 brings together graduate recruitment professionals, university heads of careers, employability specialists, policymakers and even some graduates. We continue to use our conference/unconference format, which involves a classic conference format in the morning and then a lively unconference in the afternoon, giving delegates the chance to share and air views and ideas.
We have a number of fantastic sessions confirmed this year covering everything from social mobility and graduate labour markets, to data and global university employability rankings. GEC15 is shaping up to be the biggest GEC to date – making it a 'must go to' event for all graduate recruiters, careers and employability professionals and policymakers.
Companies presenting on the day include: HECSU, The Sutton Trust, Marks & Spencer, RWE Npower, BDO, Glassdoor, QS Quacquarelli Symonds, NASES, University of Birmingham, #truMunity and FDM.
Download the full programme for the day.
Throughout the day, all delegates will have the opportunity to network, share their ideas and have their questions answered. Live Twitter feeds and blogging will enable delegates to access and share a wide range of content using the hashtag #GEC15. If you have not attended before, you can see what GEC14 was like.
Find out more and book your place now
AGCAS members can also benefit from 10% off quoting the following promotion code: AGCAS10OFF.
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This IPPR briefing paper analyses the latest projections on the changing shape of the jobs market in the UK. It presents a more complex picture of the skills needs of the economy.
This commentary includes the latest outlook and appraisal of the Scottish economy, outlines the forecasts for growth, employment and unemployment, reviews recent survey and labour market evidence and outlines developments in the public sector.
This report analyses results of Cedefop's latest skill supply and demand forecasts up to 2020. The forecasts aim to provide evidence on future labour market developments to help to make informed decisions. They identify major economic and socio-demographic trends and examine their implications for labour market sectors, occupations and qualifications.
This report is a follow up to the 2011 Youth Inquiry. It presents the latest evidence from the UKCES' comprehensive survey of employers to highlight how the labour market and recruitment practices have changed over the last decade.
This is the first in a series of NCUB reports commissioned by HEFCE on business requirements for graduate and postgraduate skills. The report found that, in some sectors, degree subject is no longer sufficient to identify the best candidates and that, in a modern economy, employers seek agile staff who can adapt to rapidly changing conditions.
The Working in Fitness Survey is a key source of information on the fitness industry across the UK. Now in its tenth year, it explores a range of issues, from salaries and working conditions through to professional membership and future expectations of staying in the industry.
BIS Performance Indicators: The gap between the proportion of young graduates from professional backgrounds who go on to a "graduate job" 6 months after graduating and young graduates from non-professional backgrounds
This indicator provides one way of looking at the issue of how to ensure a more socially mobile society: are graduates from less advantaged backgrounds as able to enter 'graduate jobs' as their peers from more advantaged backgrounds?
The CITB's Construction Skills Network (CSN) has published new labour market research on the UK construction industry, giving the industry and its stakeholders the information it needs to plan for the next five years.
This report was commissioned by the CIPD to examine the available evidence on the extent to which graduates are over-qualified and over-skilled for the current labour market and the ways in which the labour market and occupations may have adapted to the growing supply of graduates.
This report analyses the long-term effect of vocational education and training on labour market outcomes. It provides a disaggregated analysis of the earnings and employment returns associated with vocational qualifications broken down by age of attainment, mode of attainment, and whether the qualification is full or non-full.
This Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) briefing provides analysis of the current state of the Scottish labour market. This survey (February 2013) focuses on the reasons people are not participating in the labour market.
This report, produced by CIPD in partnership with SuccessFactors, indicates that employment may continue to grow sharply during the first quarter of 2014, but less strongly than the last quarter of 2013.
This report explores the mismatch between employers and young people at the recruitment stage. It draws on a range of sources, including employer case studies, focus groups with young jobseekers, a mini-survey of Jobcentre Plus advisers, and interviews with career advisers and training providers.
This publication aims to provide reliable and up-to-date information on local area labour markets and covers employment, underemployment, inactivity and youth participation in the labour market within Scotland and its local authorities. Findings are based on statistics from the Annual Population Survey (APS) 2013.
This paper estimates the sorting (signalling or screening) effects of university degree class on labour market outcomes. It compares labour market outcomes by degree class, six months after completing a course. The data is based on DLHE from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
This Briefing Note, published by the Centre for Public Policy for Regions, examines the latest figures for Scottish economic growth and the labour market.
This report examines women in the labour market. It looks at employment rates, occupations, skill levels of jobs, and pay for women - and compares this with men. It also considers women with and without children.
This report examines the transitions that new graduates make as they leave university and enter the labour market. It investigates the extent to which, on exit from university, students from different socio-economic backgrounds are more or less likely to enter a 'status' occupation.
This bulletin presents key results from Scotland's 2011 Census on education and the labour market. As part of this release, qualifications data are available for all people aged 16 and over, and labour market tables are available for people aged 16 to 74.
This publication examines how susceptible jobs are to computerisation by implementing a novel methodology to estimate the probability of computerisation for 702 detailed occupations. Based on these estimates, the authors examine expected impacts of future computerisation on US labour market outcomes, with the primary objective of analysing the number of jobs at risk and the relationship between an occupation's probability of computerisation, wages and educational attainment.
This series of five reports provides an assessment of the UK labour market, including skills supply and demand, use of skills at work, and skills needs in the future. It draws on research by UKCES, other UK organisations and international sources to identify how the UK is performing relative to international competitors.
This paper assesses recent economic developments in Scotland, particularly in the labour market, and the outlook for the months and years ahead.
This research paper explores the relationship between young graduates' risk attitudes and occupation-specific earnings risk, as well as the relationship between their patience and the slope of the earnings profile of the occupation they choose at the time when they have completed their education.
This report explores what current literature reveals about the future skills needs of the creative and cultural industries. It aims to synthesise the current drivers of change the sector is facing, and review what the literature is anticipating about future skills needs and gaps.
In early 2014, the NUS launched its Future of Work Commission – a call for evidence from students, students' unions and stakeholders from across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. This report draws together key themes and recommendations from the evidence submitted.
This report, produced by the Food Economy Task Force, Leading Food 4.0, explores the future skills required to address the food economy and finds that a coordinated effort will be needed to encourage young people with an interest in science and technology to consider a career in the agri-food chain.
How will employees interact with their places of work in 25 years from now? The Smart Workplace 2040 anticipates important changes to our working environment and has far-reaching consequences for organisatons.
This report focuses on employment in the creative industries in the UK. It provides information on employment by region and devolved administration, level of qualification, gender, ethnicity and socio-economic class.
This research paper examines the approach to graduate recruitment adopted by employers and how this has evolved in recent years. The study aims to explore patterns in graduate recruitment, behaviours of graduate employers and interactions between graduate employers and universities.
This Universities UK report provides a general analysis of the supply and demand for higher-level skills. It asks whether there are too many or too few graduates, whether their subject choice is suited to future labour market requirements, and to what extent they are lacking the general employability, practical and technical skills required by a modern knowledge economy.
This report seeks to understand the current and future impact of key disruptions on employment levels, skill sets, recruitment patterns and gender gaps in different industries and countries. It does so by asking the Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs) of today's largest employers to imagine how jobs in their industry and women's participation in the workforce will change up to the year 2020.
This annual survey aims to build an informative dataset of the graduate labour market as it evolves and develops over time. The AGCAS survey is unique as it taps directly into the practical knowledge and experience of the graduate labour market from the leaders of higher education careers and employability services throughout the UK.
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