How Does Your Degree Define Your Career?

does your degree define your career

Does Education = Employment?

Do university graduates end up in jobs relating to their courses, does your degree define your career?

Latest research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) examines the career paths of graduates following their completion of an undergraduate degree. Certain occupations require specific degrees whereas other careers attract people from a variety of backgrounds. This research suggests that your choice of degree can influence the occupation and eventual sector you work in - but not necessarily in the way initially intended.

"In some cases the choice of undergraduate degree subject will have a strong influence on career paths, as in the cases of architecture and law which not only define people’s eventual occupations but also the sector they are employed in.

"However, in some cases the choice of first degree does not determine where people work. For instance, people with degrees in business and administrative studies and in creative arts and design are employed in most occupations and sectors of the economy."

- Office for National Statistics

As mentioned in 'The Missing Link Between Education and Employment', delivering successful skills and employability training relies on an understanding of the learners and the learner journey.

This research highlights the fact that job destinations sometimes do not match the course itself and offering some insight as to how we can advise those 40% of graduates who did not find work within the first 6 months after graduation on additional skills they could the be equipped with to better find their place within the workforce.

Read the ful report London Analysis, Does your degree define your career?

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5 Tips To Motivate Learners

5 Tips To Motivate LearnersDue to the nature of the further education and skills sector learner motivation will always be a potential barrier to skills and employability training. Here are 5 tips to improve learner motivation, attendance and course progression:

clear line of sight 1. 'A Clear Line of Sight to Work'

Knowing that there could be a real job opportunity waiting at the end of a course can do a lot to keep learners motivated. Building strong relationships with local employers, recruitment agencies and tailoring coursesin response to real vacancies can provide learners with an a target and achievable goal or job outcome.

"A clear line of sight to work is critical because vocational learners must be able to see why they are learning what they are learning"

- Its about work: Excellent Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning

streamlined booking2. Streamline The Booking Process

For the unemployed it can often feel like you are just being passed from one person to the next, answering the same questions - yet nothing is actually being done to help career progression. Being able to book learner onto a course within the first interview will do a lot to reassure them that something is being done and empower them to want to complete the course.

"It is much more satisfying for both us and the learners to be able to book a course there and then and give them their IAP. Leaners have the dates; they know the room and exactly what they are booked on. It is a much better way for them to start rather than building an action plan only to send them away to wait fot us to be in touch."

- Lin Sheppard, JobSmart Tutor, Gloucestershire College

know your learners

3. Know Your Learners

With sometimes hundreds of learners coming through the doors, how can you ensure that someone does not get lost in the system? Having an easily accessible learner records, will enable administrators and tutors to quickly offer support and answer learners queries - reassuring learners of your commitment to them and that you know who they are.

additional support4. Offer Timely Support

Every college or provider deals with a widely diverse range of learners with different needs and circumstances. Sometimes there isn't enough time for a personal tutor to be truly 'personal'. With little time for one-on-one tutorials it helps to be able to highlight learners who require additional support and ensure that they are not left behind.

keep in touch5. Keep in Touch

Setting automated reminders via text or email can helped to improve attendance as well as learner motivation. A detailed view of the learner journey can ensure learner progression by enabling early identification those who have failed to attend.

Do you have any tips for keeping learners motivated? Let us know in the comments section below.

Macleod Associates Unity system (now Workpepper - Sept 2013)  has given training providers the ability to manage and track the learner journey, identify learners for additional support, swiftly adapt courses to meet local labour needs and streamline the booking process. Contact one of our team to find out more.

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Macleod Associates Skills and Employability Review Issue 3


Issue 3 of our Skills and Employability Review e-newsletter is out now.

This edition includes highlights from LSIS project - Getting People Back Into Work best practice sharing seminar, new infographics and our pick of the latest FE & skills news.

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Previous Issues

  • Issue 2 - Infographic: The UK Labour Market, Guide to FE Learning Technology & Making the Skills System More Responsive to Employer Demand...
  • Issue 1 - The Missing Link Between Education & Employment, INFOGRAPHIC: Skills for Life Survey...

Funding Priorities for 2013/14

A recent letter from Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills details the 2013-14 budget and the Agencies priorities for the year.

"A key focus must be on supporting young adults, the low skilled and unemployed to acquire the skills needed for employment and progression, and i look to the Agency to continue to encourage the sector to use their funding flexibilities to deliver tailored, high-quality provision which meets employer needs; and to further incentivise providers on the basis of job outcomes."

The letter highlights the continued government focus on education that tackles local and community issues .Training providers are again encouraged to 'relate skills to labour market issues' and to deliver training that can achieve employment outcomes.

Read the full letter >

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A New Streamlined Funding System for Adult Skills and the Need for Destination Tracking


Details of  changes to the way that adult training is funded and delivered published by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

The new streamlined funding system focuses on 4 guiding principles; fairness, transparency, protecting public funds and recognising the diverse needs of adults.

The Government has continued its focus on training that contributes true value to learners and the local community. As mentioned in our previous blog 'The Missing Link Between Education and Employment' training providers will be judged based on their ability to secure job outcomes, respond to the needs of the local area and help learners to overcome barriers to work.

Funding will follow the learner journey

destination trackingIn the new system funding will distributed over the learner journey from starting to achieving their learning aims. As 'funding will directly link to retention and achievement' destination tracking and the capability to report on job outcome will become increasingly important.

Changes will come into effect this August and the report urges providers and colleges to prepare.

"Any providers who have not already started analysing their current patterns of delivery in the light of the changes for the 2013/2014 funding year should urgently do so." 

Macleod Associates Unity (now Workpepper - Sept 2013) system is already being used by training providers to track and report on the learner journey. Contact us to find out how destination tracking can be used to monitor and evidence job outcomes.

Read the full update: A New Streamlined Funding System for Adult Skills pdf

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