Starting Points and Journeys: Employability Strategy in a Data-Rich Environment

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This chapter will look at the impact of the availability and use of large-scale data on the career development starting points and journeys of higher education students on careers and employability strategies and operations in higher education institutions within and beyond the UK (Gilworth, 2021).

This is an account of the impact of the Careers Registration approach, which began as a practical innovation linked to strategy development in one institution in 2012 and has gone on to form the basis of a national research project and to have international influence on careers and employability practice. This practice-based account comes from the author's direct involvement as an institutional practice leader and as the leader of a community of practice built around the Careers Registration approach.

Although there is reference to Careers Registration's roots in, and links to, career development theory and the ways in which the underlying constructs that shape the data gathering and interpretation are developing as ‘career journey’ models themselves, this chapter is primarily concerned with the impact of new data on day-to-day practice.

Having led the original development and implementation, the author has since had the opportunity to work with colleagues at key moments in their consideration and implementation of the approach. This chapter makes use of insights gathered from that experience to distil some key learning points about the practical impact of data-informed understanding of students’ starting points and journeys.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Handbook of Graduate Employability
EditorsTania Broadley, Yuzhou Cai, Miriam Firth, Emma Hunt, John Neugebauer
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781529791051, 9781529791068, 9781529791075, 9781529791082
ISBN (Print)9781529771848
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2022


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