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New guidelines for setting up regional DLHE groups

The Graduate Labour Market Task Group (GLAM) has published guidelines and recommendations to support new or existing members with setting up, joining or running a regional DLHE group.

Edinburgh researches widening participation destinations

The University of Edinburgh is among the first HEI to have conducted research to examine what happens to students from under-represented groups after graduation. The aim of a 2008 pilot project was to determine if there were any significant differences in the move from university to employment between so-called 'traditional' students and students who entered university through a widening access route.

HECSU invites AGCAS to give feedback on LDLHE

HECSU (the Higher Education Careers Services Unit) has recently launched the second survey in its HEFCE-funded project to promote understanding of the Longitudinal Destinations of Leavers from HE (LDLHE). AGCAS members are invited to give feedback on some exemplar materials produced by HECSU to try to make the LDLHE data more accessible. 

New report examines graduate destinations by age

A new report commissioned by the AGCAS Diversity Task Group examines the destinations of graduates categorised by age, to examine whether age impacts on a graduate's post-graduation employment prospects. What Happens Next: Age Report has produced some very interesting results.

What Do Graduates Do? 2012 edition published

What do Graduates Do? 2012 is now available to download. It is a collaboration between the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and HECSU: HECSU provides the facts from the DLHE returns; AGCAS writers provide the expertise and articles to make sense of the figures.

HESA publishes graduate employment figures

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.

What Do Graduates Do? 2013 version now available

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.

'Non-graduate' jobs data - an AGCAS perspective

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that almost half of all university graduates are in jobs that don't require a degree. The ONS analysis, Graduates in the UK labour market 2013, shows 47% of graduates are working in 'non-graduate' roles. AGCAS President, Paul Redmond, asks: what is a 'non-graduate' job? And how neatly can you classify roles in a changing graduate jobs market?

Is a degree the best route to a successful career?

Jenny Blakesley, AGCAS Vice President and Director of Careers at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), was recently a guest on Radio 4's You and Yours. The programme's discussion was based on the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics that suggest that increasing numbers of graduates are working in non-graduate roles, and addressed the issues around whether taking a degree is still the best passport to a successful career.

Vacancy on the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group

The AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group is looking for a new member to write articles for What Do Graduates Do?, written by members of the group and produced in conjunction with HECSU, and contribute to increasing awareness of the publication within AGCAS and beyond.

Update from the Graduate Labour Market Task Group

The AGCAS Graduate Labour Market Task Group (GLAM) regularly meets with representatives from HESA, HEFCE, BIS, ONS, HECSU and other key stakeholders in the collection of graduate labour market data to discuss issues arising out of data collection and any forthcoming changes, and their possible implications for institutions. The task group has produced a useful update for members outlining recent meetings, current projects, group membership and the AGCAS nominee for the Longitudinal DLHE steering group.

HESA publishes graduate destinations statistics

HESA has published statistics on the destinations of UK and other EU domiciled leavers from higher education who obtained qualifications in higher education institutions (HEIs) in the UK during the academic year 2012/13. The data draws on the 2012/13 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey and presents time series analysis relating to 2011/12 when the revised DLHE survey was introduced.

Big drop in early graduate unemployment, reports What Do Graduates Do?

Findings from the latest (2014) edition of What Do Graduates Do? show that graduate unemployment fell from 8.5% to 7.3% year-on-year, marking the biggest drop in early graduate unemployment in 15 years.

This annual publication is a collaboration between the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and HECSU: HECSU provides the facts and figures from the DLHE returns and AGCAS members apply their expertise to provide commentary and written articles to help interpret the figures.

Vacancies on the AGCAS graduate labour market group

The AGCAS Graduate Labour Market Task Group (GLaM) is currently seeking two new members to fill current vacancies on the group, one of which is the role of Co-Chair.

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 HE careers service staff to utilise graduate labour market information in innovative ways and support student transitions. GLaM is also making a significant contribution to HESA's Destinations and Outcomes Review.

HESA review of destinations and outcomes data: update from AGCAS representatives

AGCAS is represented on both the strategic and working groups of HESA's review of data on destinations and outcomes for leavers from HE by Co-Chairs of the Graduate Labour Market Sub Committee (GLaM), Terry Dray and Andrew Whitmore. Here, they provide an update on the review and a summary of recent discussions.

AGCAS's contribution to the review is being welcomed and we are influencing the discussions appropriately.

AGCAS Executive Director update: consultations and reports (May 2016)

Elaine Boyes, AGCAS Executive Director, provides a round-up of AGCAS activity over the past month, thanking members for their continuing support and seeking contributions to help form the AGCAS response to the HESA and TEF2 consultations.

AGCAS Executive Director update: strategy and policy work (June 2016)

As I write, I know many members are still adjusting to the period of uncertainty and change that we are now entering. As careers professionals, I also know that members' focus will be on supporting and advising students and graduates during this period of transition. Following consultation with AGCAS heads of service, the AGCAS Board has published its response to the AGCAS referendum.

AGCAS response to the TEF consultation

Following consultation with members, AGCAS has submitted a response to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Technical Consultation. The AGCAS response relates specifically to the questions posed about the use of employment outcome metrics. The AGCAS view is that implementation of the TEF must take into account much wider conversations within the graduate employment context.

Disabled graduates' labour market prospects better than assumed, finds AGCAS report

AGCAS has published the latest edition of What Happens Next? A Report on the First Destinations of 2014 Disabled Graduates.

The report compares the employment outcomes of disabled and non-disabled university leavers six months after graduation and draws upon the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. This edition of What Happens Next? includes, for the first time, data on postgraduate leavers.

What do graduates do? shows graduate unemployment rate lowest since 1989
The latest edition of What do graduates do? has shown that a robust graduate jobs market combined with a sharp rise in students taking postgraduate courses has led to the lowest graduate unemployment rate since 1989. 

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What can I do with my degree
The AGCAS What can I do with my degree series (Options Series), produced in collaboration with Graduate Prospects, provides an overview of the options available to graduates - and the destinations of previous graduates - from a range of subjects. There are over 70 titles in the series, from Accountancy to Zoology. 

On Track: Class of 2004

In 2004, the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (SHEFC) and the Scottish Further Education Funding Council (SFEFC) jointly commissioned a longitudinal survey of learners who qualified from Scottish colleges and universities. The survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI and Critical Thinking, has tracked the progress of this group of learners over five years. The learners were surveyed four times: in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009.

On Track: Class of 2007

The On Track project is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and follows the career progression of graduates from Scottish insitutions.

Changes in Student Choices and Graduate Employment (Recession to Recovery)

This report analyses the way the recession is impacting upon graduate outcomes and makes projections for graduate employment over the next five years. It looks at the impact of the recession on course choice and the use of graduate destination information in making these choices.

Degrees of Doubt: Is university worth the investment?

This study examines recent trends in the graduate labour market, assessing changes in the employment destination of recent university leavers, compared with those who choose vocational qualifications rather than higher education.  

Approaches to measuring employment circumstances of recent graduates

In this paper, graduates' employment circumstances in the early months and years after they qualify from higher education courses is explored through a series of quantitative approaches.

What Happens Next: Age Report

This report is based on research undertaken into the destinations of graduates categorised by age, to examine whether age impacts on a graduate's post-graduation employment prospects.

What Do Graduates Do?

Published annually, What Do Graduates Do? uses statistics drawn from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE), which is conducted by every university in the UK each year to try and establish what every graduate is doing six months after graduation. What Do Graduates Do? is the result of a close collaboration between AGCAS and Prospects, on behalf of the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU).

Key findings from the lastest edition of What do Graduates Do? (2017) shows that the graduate unemployment rate is at its lowest since 1989. 

Higher education and beyond: Outcomes from full-time first degree study

This report examines the degree outcomes and employment circumstances of young UK-domiciled students starting a full-time first degree course in 2006-07 at a higher education institution.

Mapping the occupational destinations of new graduates

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.

What Do Social Science Graduates Do?

This report reveals the destinations of social science graduates at approximately 3.5 years after graduating. The report is based on the analysis of data from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) longitudinal survey conducted by HESA, and case studies from recent graduates.

The link between secondary school characteristics and university participation and outcomes

This report investigates the role played by secondary schools - and the subjects and qualifications pupils study while they are there - in explaining whether students go to university and how well they do once there.

A review of the literature on current practice in the development of employability skills

This report collates and reviews the literature on current practice in the development of employability skills. This is with a view to demonstrating the contribution of libraries to employability and the development of 'graduate attributes' and situating libraries' 'traditional' information literacy role in the new broader academic skills landscape.

Pathways to success in engineering degrees and careers

This report, undertaken by the University of Liverpool Engineering and Materials Education Research Group on behalf of the Royal Academy of Engineering, highlights the graduate skills supply issues in engineering through detailed examination of routes into and out of higher education for future professional engineers.

Graduate Labour Market (GLaM) Sub Committee: Running and utilising the DLHE collection

Members of the AGCAS Graduate Labour Market (GLaM) Sub Committee regularly release reports, presentations and minutes from recent task group meetings and meetings with representatives from HESA, HEFCE, BIS, ONS, and other key partners, to update colleagues on developments in the area of DLHE, LDLHE and LMI and highlight issues arising out of data collection and any forthcoming changes, and their possible implications for institutions.

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AGCAS Publications

AGCAS works in collaboration with members and in partnership with Prospects and GTI Media to produce top-quality careers information and advice for the benefit of students, graduates, careers professionals and the wider HE community.

Where to find AGCAS publicationsAGCAS produces a number of publications which can be accessed at the Prospects website, and

On Prospects

Job profiles

Job profiles (Occupational Profiles) - around 400 job profiles containing information on work activities, entry requirements, training, salary and vacancy sources.

Find out more about the Job profiles.

What can I do with my degree?

What can I do with my degree? (Options with your subject) - an overview of the career paths available to graduates from a range of degree subjects, plus data about where graduates go on to work and study.

Find out more about the What can I do with my degree? series.


Diversity Matters

Diversity Matters - includes specialist, in-depth advice on diversity and equality issues relating to the law, marketing yourself effectively and how to find positive employers.

Find out more about Diversity Matters.

Country profiles

Working abroad - information covering 40 countries highlighting the job market, applying for jobs, vacancy sources, getting work experience, visa information and living in the country in question.

The graduate's guide to working abroad - a guide to everything you need to get the most out of working abroad. Advice on where to go, who to work for, visas and work permits and day-to-day practicalities. 

Find out more about Working abroad.

Teaching content

Teaching and education - information on how to become a teacher including what qualifications are needed, the different training routes, how to apply, funding, and training. Also includes tips on how to get the first teaching job, interview techniques, salary information and teaching in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Find out more about the teaching content and where to find it on  

Special interest series

International students - provides advice for international students on seeking work outside the UK, getting work experience, job hunting in the UK and visas and work permits for working in the UK.

Find out more about the international students publication. 

Changing or leaving your course - provides practical, easy to follow advice to help students make the right choices at what can be a stressful and confusing time. 

Find out more about Changing or leaving your course. 

Using your language skills - includes information on a range of careers and job roles, from translating and interpreting to teaching or working in marketing or logistics, available to graduates with language skills.

Find out more about Using your language skills. 

Your foundation degree...what next? - includes tips for job hunting with a foundation degree and explores options for further study, including taking a top-up course to gain a full honours degree.

Find out more about Your foundation degree...what next?.

Your HND...what next? - provides information on how a HND can help you into your chosen career and explores options for further study.

Find out more about Your HND...what next?. 

Accountancy and financial management - content provided by AGCAS on The top ten student FAQs about accountancy careers and Graduate jobs in accountancy: what is the work/life balance like?.  


Country profiles

Studying abroad - information covering 40 countries that includes an overview of the HE system, what courses can be studied, how to apply, fees and scholarships and visa requirements.

The postgraduate guide to studying abroad - what you need to do to secure a place on the course you want, from finding the right course and institution to exploring your funding options and preparing an application.  

Find out more about Studying abroad. 

Special interest series

Why do postgraduate study? - factors to consider when choosing why and when to do a course.

Applying for postgraduate study - information on example interview questions for postgraduate study and a postgraduate application timetable.   

What can I do with my masters?  - covers what you can do with a masters, how to increase the chances of getting a job, options for further study and funding.

What can I do with my PhD? - covers what a PhD can lead to including academic jobs, jobs outside academia and research and professional training.  

Find out more about the postgraduate study content and where to find it on 

Updated AGCAS content on the Prospects websiteTo view the most recent list of updated AGCAS/Prospects publications now live on the Prospects website, see the Live content August 2017 attachment below.

For a full record of titles that have gone live in the past year, go to AGCAS/Graduate Prospects publications: recently updated titles.

Updated AGCAS content on TARGETjobs and TARGETpostgrad websitesTo view the list of recently updated titles on and, see the Updated content TARGETjobs and TARGETpostgrad attachment below. For a full list of all pages that contain AGCAS content, see the Location of AGCAS content on TARGETJobs and TARGETpostgrad attachment below. 

Other AGCAS publicationsAGCAS has previously published the Industry Insights and some titles of the Special Interest series, as well as Create your Own Career. These publications are no longer updated and the pdfs have been removed from the AGCAS website.

Volunteer writers! Update a Job Profile Updating a profile is a great opportunity to hone your skills, expand your knowledge and enrich the content on the Prospects website as well as serve the AGCAS community and your students.

If you are interested in updating a job profile or think you might be able to help with supplying a case study or would like more information about writing for AGCAS contact

Case studies neededWe're looking for case studies of recent graduates who are working in a variety of sectors and job roles to publish on the Prospects website in the Job profiles section. Take a look at the list of case studies we require by clicking on the Case studies for Job profiles list below. If you know someone who may be suitable contact us at 

We are also seeking case studies to accompany the What can I do with my degree? series. Click on the Case studies for What can I do with my degree 2017 list below for inspiration and get in touch if you think you may be able to help. 

A final word from the editors... We'll keep you posted of all the new titles we're recruiting for on here and on Twitter, so join us @EDITORSatAGCAS! And connect with Editors Agcas on LinkedIn too!

Contact for further information on volunteering for the Occupational Profiles, supplying a case study, or any of the publications.

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