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