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The Graduate Destination Survey and Beyond. Bruce Guthrie Hannah Merrigan. Introduction. GCA’s research A new look for GradStats and GradFiles Beyond Graduation Survey 2009 AGS results Output for Careers Services Questions. GCA’s Research.

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the graduate destination survey and beyond

The Graduate Destination Survey and Beyond

Bruce Guthrie

Hannah Merrigan

introduction
Introduction
  • GCA’s research
  • A new look for GradStats and GradFiles
  • Beyond Graduation Survey
  • 2009 AGS results
  • Output for Careers Services
  • Questions
gca research key stages in the student graduate experience
GCA ResearchKey Stages in the Student-Graduate Experience

At University

Graduation

State of Labour Market

After

Graduation?

University

& Beyond

Australian

Graduate

Survey

Graduate

Outlook

Survey

Beyond

Graduation

Survey

gca research
GCA research
  • University and Beyond (2008)
    • University Students
    • Primarily funded by the Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
    • Back in 2010
  • Graduate Outlook Survey (2009)
    • Graduate Recruiters
    • Fifth year
    • Over 400 organisations participated in 2009
  • Beyond Graduation Survey (2009)
    • University Graduates 3 and 5 years out
    • 2009 Inaugural year
gca research1
GCA research
  • Australian Graduate Survey (2009)
    • University Graduates
    • 4 months out
    • Commenced in 1972 (as GDS)
    • Primarily funded by DEEWR
australian graduate survey
Australian Graduate Survey
  • Started by and for Careers Services
    • Now largely run from Stats and Planning
    • Findings not always communicated back to CSs
  • National and institutional outcomes data available on graduates
    • In employment
    • Seeking employment
    • In further study
slide8

A for

outcomes data

gradfiles gradstats
GradFiles / Gradstats
    • Indications from our 2008 GCA stakeholder survey and anecdotally that these publications were:
    • Aesthetically dated
    • Too similar to each other
    • GradFiles – too dry for its audience
  • Most downloaded publications from our website
    • Needed to be cautious in approach
  • Sought more specific feedback in 2009
gradfiles and gradstats survey
GradFiles and GradStats survey
  • Key stakeholders surveyed included:
    • Secondary Students
    • Parents of Secondary Students
    • Secondary School Careers Advisors
    • Institutional Researchers
    • Graduate Employers
    • University Students
    • You – Careers Services
gradfiles and gradstats survey1
GradFiles and GradStats survey
  • Online survey asked these groups:
    • What they thought of the current reports
    • Regarding graduate information:
      • What topics people found important
      • How people would like to see the data presented
  • Data collected mid-late 2009
slide12

GradFiles and GradStats survey

  • 196 respondents indicated that:
  • The data currently included in these reports is relevant and important
  • However…..
  • The current layout is unappealing and confusing
    • specifically in relation to GradFiles (the simple one).
survey findings content
Survey Findings - Content
  • Most requested topics:
    • Graduate Employment Rates
    • Salary Information
    • Graduate Satisfaction with Course
    • Job Search Strategies
    • Graduates Undertaking Further Study
survey findings layout
Survey Findings - Layout
  • Most popular layout options..
  • Modern Design
  • More dots points
  • More graphs
  • Colour
  • Shorter

“It’s hard to follow – a bit daunting to pick up and wade through, sometimes it is too statistical.” -survey respondent

a new look for gradstats
A new look for GradStats
    • Research suggested that content is largely great, however layout could be improved.
  • Therefore:
    • Design is cleaner, with layout easier to follow
    • Content has remained largely the same
    • A distinct separation between GradFiles and GradStats has been created -
      • GradStats contains more in-depth information:

Including the new job search strategies section.

beyond graduation survey
Beyond Graduation Survey
  • Work began on the project in 2005
  • 2009
    • Graduates from 2005 (2006 AGS)
      • Three years out
    • Pilot
    • Developed as an ongoing project
    • Self-funded
instrument development
Instrument Development
  • Online only
  • Three key areas:
    • AGS follow-up
    • Further (non-AGS) outcomes
    • Higher education reflection
  • Developed at GCA
    • In conjunction with HE sector
survey population
Survey Population
  • Twenty-three Australian Universities actively participated in 2009
    • Target population of approx. 30,000 graduates
  • 7,867 BGS responses following cleaning
  • RR of around 25%
  • 6,797AGS - BGS responses after data matching
outcomes domestic bachelors
Outcomes: domestic bachelors
  • In 2009: 74.0% were available for ft employment (66.4% in 2006)
      • 81.5% males (68.8% in 2006)
      • 70.1% females (65.0% in 2006)
  • In 2009: 12.1% were in further ft study (20.3% in 2006)
      • 10.8% males (21.2% in 2006)
      • 12.8% females (19.8% in 2006)

Base: Domestic Bachelors: AGS BGS

bachelors in ft employment
Bachelors: in ft employment
  • In 2006: of those available for ft employment
    • 82.4% were in full-time employment
    • 17.6% seeking full-time employment
  • In 2009: of those available for ft employment
    • 95.0% were in full-time employment
    • 5.0% seeking full-time employment

Base: Domestic Bachelors: AGS BGS

bachelors seeking ft employment
Bachelors: seeking ft employment
  • In 2009: 95.0% were in ft employment (82.4% in 2006)
      • 95.3% males (83.0% in 2006)
      • 94.8% females (81.9% in 2006)
  • In 2009: 5.0% seeking ft employment (17.6% in 2006)

Base: Domestic Bachelors available for FT emp: AGS BGS

who is most likely to be in full time employment foe
Who is most likely to be in full-time employment: FOE

Of 43 detailed fields of education:

  • In 2006:
    • 1 was at 100% employment
    • 14 were over 90%
  • In 2009
    • 15 were at 100% employment
    • 37 were over 90%

Base: Domestic Bachelors available for FT emp: AGS BGS

starting salaries
Starting salaries

In 2006, < 25 years, first full-time employment in Australia

  • Median salary of $40,800
    • Males $42,000
    • Females $40,000

In 2009, this group is largely >25, and over 50% were still with same employer

  • Median salary of $62,000
    • Males $68,500
    • Females $60,000
  • 52% increase in salary from 2006

Base: GSS group: AGS BGS

overall satisfaction
Overall Satisfaction

In 2006, 89.6% of domestic bachelor graduates were broadly satisfied with their course

In 2009, this figure was 92.8%

Base: Domestic Bachelors: AGS BGS

suitability current employment
Suitability: current employment

In their current role:

  • 84.0% of domestic bachelors believe they are in suitable employment for someone with their skills and qualifications
    • No difference between Males / Females
    • BFOE varies from:
      • 76.7% of Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences
      • 97.1% Vet Science

Base: Domestic Bachelors: BGS

suitability current employment1
Suitability: current employment

In their current role:

  • 80.0% of domestic bachelors believe they are in suitable employment related to their long-term career goals
    • No diff between Males / Females
    • BFOE varies from:
      • 70.6% Vet Science
      • 87.8% Health / Medicine / Dentistry

Base: Domestic Bachelors: BGS

course 20 20 hindsight
Course: 20:20 Hindsight
  • Would they complete the same course again?
    • 70% of graduates say it’s ‘likely’ to ‘very likely’ they would
  • Would they do the same majors?
    • 76% of graduates say it’s ‘likely’ to ‘very likely’ they would

Base: Domestic Bachelors: BGS

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Reflecting on your work, life and career so far, what would you say are the most important things you learned from your university study?

“The world is full of red tape and ridiculous hurdles, overcome them if you can …”

“A degree isn't always the best thing in the world.”

“… can’t think of anything!”

slide34
Reflecting on your work, life and career so far, what would you say are the most important things you learned from your university study?

“A new way of thinking”

”the ability to become a life long learner.”

“Apart from a fulfilling career and the ability to independently support myself, the most important thing I gained was personal growth: University gave me the confidence and knowledge that 'I can do it!'.”

2009 ags results
2009 AGS results
  • Embargoed 19 December
    • In 2009: of those available for ft employment
      • 79.2% were in full-time employment (85.2% 2008)
      • 13.4% seeking full-time employment, working pt (9.6% 2008)
      • 7.4% seeking full-time employment, not working (5.2% 2008)
      • Starting salaries: $48,000, 83.0% MAWE (80.9% in 2008)
output for careers services
Output for Careers Services
  • Heads of Service package of GDS output
  • Feedback sought by 29 Jan 2010