Futuretrack: pre-entry,
information, advice & guidance
Jane Artess
Director of Research
Higher Education Careers Services Unit
June 10th 2009
Futuretrack
• Four stage longitudinal tracking study of
career development of the 2006 cohort of
entrants to HE
• Funded by HECSU and undertaken by the
Institute for Employment Research at the
University of Warwick, led by Professor Kate
Purcell.
(see also www.futuretrack.ac.uk)
HECSU
• Commissions and undertakes research into
student/graduate career development and
decision-making
• Supports university careers advisory
services
• Aims to put research outcomes into practice
(see also, HECSU Development Plan 2008 – 2015
at www.hecsu.ac.uk)
Session outline
– Getting into HE
– Support and guidance to get into HE
– Who studies what?
– Career planning
– Changing
– Discussion
Type of HEI of accepted applicants,
by type of prior education
Support and guidance – not enough information on ..
60
50
40
30
20
10
0
State School
Single-sex
school
Fee-paying
school
State School
Males
Relation between courses an employment options
Single-sex
school
Fee-paying
school
Females
Information about courses available
Not enough information about the implications of post-16 subject
choices, comparing selected school students’ response by gender
Who studies what?
% Female
% Asian
% Black
% 25+
% ‘professional
managerial background
ALL 2006 accepted
UK applicants
55.4
9.6
5
11.8
41.3
Pre-clinical Medicine
57.5
18.5
2.7
16.3
58.2
Pharmacy etc
57.3
42.7
13.2
13.3
35.6
Nursing
Physics
Mathematics
90.5
19.4
43.5
2.9
5.3
14.8
6.1
1.5
2.1
42.2
2.9
2.9
25.7
57.8
48.9
Computer Science
12.1
15.0
6.1
9.3
34.1
Mechanical
Engineering
6.7
10.4
4.6
5.5
44.9
Economics
Sociology
Media Studies
29.0
74.7
48.8
22.8
8.2
5.3
6.5
6.2
4.4
1.5
13.6
4.8
51.9
37.1
37.5
History by period
45.5
2.6
0.6
7.2
52.4
Design Studies
Languages
62.1
71.3
6.1
3
3.2
2
9.4
6.8
36.6
52.2
I am worried about the prospect of having to repay loans
and debts when I have completed my course
White
Black Caribbean
Black African
Asian Pakistani
Other
Asian Indian
Asian Chinese
Asian Bangladeshi
0%
20%
Strongly agree
40%
60%
80%
Strongly disagree
100%
I am worried about the prospect of having to repay
loans and debts when I have completed my course
100%
90%
80%
70%
60%
50%
40%
30%
20%
10%
0%
Managerial and Professional
Occupations
Intermediate Occupations
Strongly agree
Routine and manual
Occupations
Strongly disagree (
Clarity of Career plans – by subject at application
M edicine & Related
Educatio n
Subjects allied to medicine
A rchitecture, building, planning
Law
Engineering and techno lo gy
Creative art and design
Science/so cial science
B io lo gy, Vet and A gricultural related
So cial studies
B usiness and A dmin.
Other interdisciplinary
M ass co mmunicatio n and do cumentatio n
M aths and co mputing
So cial science/arts
P hysical sciences
% scoring 6 or 7 on career plans
Linguistics and classics
% scoring 1 or 2 on career plans
Languages
Histo rical and philo so phical studies
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
…and one year later
…changing ideas about career after 1 year in HE
Clear idea
2
3
4
5
6
No idea
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
Now registered as ft student on the course started in Autumn 2006
Now registered as ft student on different course
Not currently registered as ft HE student
30%
Reasons for changing course
Discussion
• what do these findings mean for
practice?
Thank you
Contact details
[email protected]
0161 277 5208
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