13 Findings – Year 1 Placement Length Student Mobility 53% felt that a year was ‘just right’37% didn’t know whether the length of time was right or notStudent Mobility37% of students would be willing to travel up to thirty miles for their placement17% were willing to travel over thirty milesthe remainder indicated a preference for an overseas placement.50% lived at home with their families50% had chosen to live in University accommodation or were living with a partner in their own accommodation
14 Findings – Year 1 (Continued) The Value of Work Experience88% of those surveyed indicated that it was of significant importance to the employerStudents in Employment66% of students were in employment of some kind, whether paid or voluntary24% indicated that their work was directly related to their course of study
15 Findings – Year 2 Placement Length Student Mobility 67% felt that a year was ‘just right’20% didn’t know whether the length of time was right or not.Student Mobility38% of students would be willing to travel up to thirty miles for their placement21% were willing to travel over thirty milesthe remainder indicated a preference for an overseas placement.38% lived at home with their families63% had chosen to live in University accommodation or were living with a partner in their own accommodation
16 Findings – Year 2 (Continued) The Value of Work Experience88% of those surveyed indicated that it was of significant importance to the employer.Students in Employment72% of students were in employment of some kind, whether paid or voluntary32% indicated that their work was directly related to their course of study
17 Findings – Year 3 - Finalists Reasons for Opting outA Shorter Placement?44% indicated that had the placement been shorter, they would have reconsidered itWhat would be the ideal length of time?50% indicated that the placement could be covered over the summer months50% felt that work experience could be incorporated within the three years of their degree.
18 Findings – Year 3 – Finalists (Continued) Student Mobility60% indicated that they would be willing to travel up to thirty miles for a placement.Opt Out – Reflective View56% noted that they had no regrets33% regretted not undertaking a placement, indicating that they now lacked experience and were therefore at a disadvantage when entering the workforceThe Value of Work Experience58% indicated that work experience was important and that employers expected it29% indicated that employers felt that it was ‘quite important’
19 Findings – Year 3 – Finalists (Continued) Students in Employment76% indicated that they currently had some kind of employment29% of which was related to their course of studyPreparing for Post-Graduate Employment50% of those surveyed indicated that they had not started looking for post-graduation opportunities11% had a secured a job20% had interviewsThis survey has was taken in February & March 2009
20 Findings – Year 3 – Students on Placement A Shorter Placement?100% indicated that a year in the workplace was the right length of time to gain experience within a roleStudent Mobility72% of the group travelled between 1 and 30 miles to their place of work24% travelled over 30 miles4% chose a placement overseasOther Mobility Issues25% chose their placement so that they could remain at home44% already lived at home with their families when they chose their placement
21 Findings – Year 3 – Students on Placement (Continued) Value of the Work Placementincreased confidenceimproved organisation skillsanalytical and decision-making skills were improvedSkills to be developedLiteracy was an issue that students would like to improve upon, and is one of the areas noted by employers of graduates as being weakWhat would they have done differently?
22 Findings – Year 3 – Students on Placement (Continued) The Value of Work Experience96% noted that work experience was of importance
23 Findings – Year 4 A Shorter Placement? Student Mobility 96% noted that a year was the right amount of time to be in a placementStudent Mobility57% remained within 30 miles of their homes14% travelled more than 30 miles29% took the option of an overseas placementPlacement Accommodation61% either found alternative accommodation, or were assisted in the relocation process39% stayed at home
24 Findings – Year 4 (Continued) Work Placement Valueincreased confidenceteam workingcommunication skillsAreas for Developmentnegotiating and influencing skillsanalysis and decision making skillsnumeracyWhat would they have done differently?greater research into the companies that they were applying toearlier applications to improve the quality and choice of placements available to them
25 Findings – Year 4 (Continued) Students in Employment65% currently in employment19% of which was related to their course of studyPreparing for post-graduate employment22% of this group had already secured work after graduation14% of whom were returning to their placement employer
27 So what did we do about all that we had discovered? ImmobilityEncouraging students to talk to students on placement living away from home/university to share their experiences.Lack of DirectionSome serious hand holding and badgering.Work Experience is EssentialDevelopment of ‘Employer Forums’.Key InfluencersMeet the Tutors.
28 Significant Events: 1996/97 - Last Grant Funded Intake 1999/00 - Optional Placements Introduced
29 Reasons for Opting Out I couldn't find the right role 26% 3 Years at Uni is long enough17%Already had work experience15%Didn't want a break from academia6%Undertook a shorter work placement4%Placements on offer were too far awayJust didn't want toI had already taken time out (Intercalation)3%The course was enjoyable but I didn't want a career in itMoneyStarted a placement but it didn't work outWorking would get me used to having moneyOn reflection, the course was wrong for me1%Enjoyed being a student too muchDidn't realise the importance of work experienceOverseas studentPayment of tuition fees whilst on placement was unacceptableUnexpected circumstancesWanted to get experience post graduation
30 What would they have done differently? Apply for more roles32%Apply earlier24%Get the job offer in writing before starting (so you know what you're to be doing)12%Research organisations before application8%Use the Placements service more4%Choose a placement closer to homeExplore roles in smaller businessesDon't just apply because it is close to homeReflect on my personality and the roles suited to meWould have liked to have experienced consultancy
31 We continued our research… …with a recession in mind
32 Who we surveyed 2009/10 Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 – Finalists who opted out of a placementYear 3 – On PlacementYear 4 – FinalistsWe finished collecting data on April 1st (really)
33 2009/10 - Findings Parents of Generation Y Living at home is even more important!Placements influence the choice of Course.Students want to do a placement.Future Thinking.Half fees for the placement year is a barrier.Too much competition for placements.Some things had changed – that surprised us – but then we met Paul Redmond and it all became very clear.
34 What we’re doing now….. Mock Assessment Centres Development of online Psychometric testsMock InterviewsPeer viewsThe Parent’s Survival GuideThe Film!Social NetworkingRegular Visits – Year 1 is a prioritySerious monitoringGorilla MarketingLocal Marketing Campaign
36 We have stayed the same…. The students have changed.The climate has changed.Communication has changed.Students are waking up to the fact that the party is over.Employers are seeing a rich field of talent – only the best will do.We all have to work harder and communicate better.It has been a wake-up call for us all.
40 Has our knowledge and interventions made a difference? We have have a 41% increase in the number of students successfully placed compared to the same time last year. We are hopeful that this trend is one that will continue throughout the rest of the year. We would really like to see a minimum of 120 students on placement this year. We are doubly hopeful as new government initiatives clearly show that the employability of students will become linked to funding. We have to have the right tools in place to ensure that our students are getting those jobs.YES!
41 Thank you for participating We’re here for the full conference – please come and talk to us….
42 Francesca Walker fdwalker@uclan. ac Francesca Walker Michael Bowerman