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What have we learnt about work-readiness learning gain?

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Fiona Cobb, The Careers Group, University of London

Fiona will share findings and conclusions of the Careers Registration Learning Gain pilot project, which concluded in October 2018. The project was one of a suite of 13 HEFCE/OfS-funded learning gain projects, which together formed part of the national learning gain research agenda within UK higher education.


The primary objective of the national Careers Registration Learning Gain project was to investigate the value of Careers Registration (CR) — introducing questions about career readiness and work experience into mandatory data collection at HE student enrolment — as a measure of learning gain in relation to career- or work-readiness. The research addressed three core questions:

1. Does Careers Registration provide a viable method for obtaining data that provides an indication of learning gain related to work readiness? (i.e. correlating CR data with existing measures of work-related learning gain)

2. Can we use CR to highlight the employability needs of different groups?

3. Can we use CR to evaluate different employability activities?

The team analysed cross-sectional and longitudinal data to determine baseline trends in patterns of career thinking across subject areas/disciplines and socio-demographic characteristics. This tracked evolution of career thinking and modelled the factors that are associated with it. Career thinking and destinations data were analysed and modelled to understand the relationship between career thinking and career outcomes.


At the conclusion of the learning gain projects, the seminar considers the question "what does the future look like?" for both Careers Registration and the work-readiness learning gain landscape within HE.

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