|Every student has a unique set of experiences and their own career aspirations. This section describes some of the innovative personal support designed to meet students’ individual needs. Building on in course opportunities, careers, employability and enterprise support can be effectively delivered through co-curricular activities, events and professional, one-to-one advice and guidance.|
ISB data suggest relatively low usage of careers advisory services by international students (26% in the UK) but that those using the service found it helpful (88% satisfied in the UK). Students on taught postgraduate courses were the most likely to have used the Careers Advisory service and undergraduates were least likely. Looking at undergraduates, first year students reported the lowest usage (13%) of all study levels. This corresponds with the findings of prior research showing that many students, particularly in their earlier years of study, do not make full use of the co-curricular career and employability support available.
University departments overseeing careers support are continuing to develop sophisticated methods of bridging that gap to ensure the widest number of students make use of the support, expertise and services available as early in their university experience as possible. Professionals working in this area have four overlapping roles: to work with students who come to them for advice and support; to work alongside academics shaping course programmes and delivering in-course support; to develop new ways of reaching students who otherwise would not seek out careers support; and employer liaison to build good relationships with business to benefit students learning and future careers.
University of Hertfordshire