Understanding and enhancing evidence in higher education careers services

Tristram has written this really insightful and helpful piece on understanding what works in HE careers and how to gather better evidence . Particularly found the research around effective work helpful. I’ve pasted the research and key points bellow (slides 7 -10)

Key papers:

  • Whiston et al.’s (1998) meta-analysis of 47 studies identified impacts across all types of career interventions.
  • Bimrose et al’s (2008) five-year longitudinal tracking study of 50 career guidance clients found that one-to-one guidance interventions were regarded as useful by clients, and that guidance services can support adults to make successful transitions in a turbulent labour market.
  • Vuori et al.’s (2012) paper used a randomised control trial to demonstrate the impact of a group intervention on career management skills.
  • Carey & Dimmitt (2012) found that there was consistent evidence of a positive relationship between well-organised school counselling programmes and the educational outcomes of students.

Key Lessons:

  1. Where it is genuinely lifelong and progressive.
  2. Where it connects meaningfully to the wider experience and lives of the individuals who participate in it.
  3. Where it is able to recognise the diversity of individuals and to provide services relevant to individual needs.
  4. Where a range of interventions are combined.
  5. Where it develops of career management skills.
  6. Where it is holistic and well-integrated into other support services.
  7. Where it is delivered by skilled professionals.
  8. Where it is based on access to good-quality career information.
  9. Where it is quality-assured and evaluated to ensure its effectiveness and to support continuous improvement.

inuous improvement.

Adventures in Career Development

Here are some slides that I’m going to use in a workshop today at the University of Brimingham. I’m trying to give the group a start in thinking about what the evidence says about effective work in higher education careers services and then spur them on towards doing some research themselves.

Understanding and enhancing evidence in higher education careers services

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