Investigating the impact of a careers development model: Validation of the Employability Self Evaluation measure and proposal of a readiness/competence career development model

David Whistance, Sian Campbell

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Abstract

    This research report investigates Solent Capital Compass - a holistic model of career development used by careers advisers at Solent University - by analysing data from 5,797 students who completed an online questionnaire based on the model

    Key findings:
    Statistical analysis identified seven psychometrically robust factors (My Career, My Experience, My Opportunities, My Network, My Creativity, My Attitude and My Communication) which were used to explore predictive potential of the revised career development model.
    Students' responses to the employability self-assessment questionnaire were, on the whole, not able to predict graduate employment destinations.
    Interaction with the 'My Career' tool was slightly positively correlated with going into further study - it is logical to assume that students with a stronger sense of career direction use this awareness in choosing to enter further study.
    Interaction with 'My Network' tool was slightly negatively associated with going into further study - perhaps networks have a slightly stronger tendency to support people into work rather than further study.
    The research generated a readiness/competence model of career development and includes suggestions for further investigation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationManchester
    PublisherHigher Education Careers Service Unit
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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