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What is graduate career tracking?
Career tracking will become a natural part of higher education studies for current students. Universities and colleges increasingly seek out their students and graduates, generally with questionnaires, asking them to assess their present studies, and to monitor how their careers have been developing after graduation. This information is very important for the institutions concerned. The feedback from current and former students shows in a rigorous and precise manner the level of success and the quality of the education at the institution, as well as the opportunities that the students have had.
Why is all this important?
The labour market and the world of education may move closer to each other with the help of career tracking. The results of career tracking surveys provide a mirror to institutions: they may encourage institutions to teach or to transfer the knowledge that employees expect from fresh graduates. On the other hand, employers may get a clearer picture of what they can expect from graduates who are setting out on their career paths with their present course of education. Career tracking is still mainly in the interest of students, who can learn from the experiences of previous graduates before stepping out into the world of work.
The project has been implemented with the sponsorship of the European Union, and is co-financed by the European Social Fund.
It is also in the interest of students!
The career tracking survey not only finds out that a given study programme more or less easily offers employment, but also provides an answer to the question of ‘why?' The speed with which graduates find employment after graduation or the percentage of them that stay in their profession becomes clear. With this knowledge, students have an opportunity to modify or supplement their studies in a timely fashion, while the institutions can also make well-grounded decisions about necessary changes, find different educational solutions, and modify the educational structure-all in the name of efficiency and competitiveness.
Career tracking is important from the outset: the entrance exam!
The lessons to be found in the results can be utilised by applicants to higher education, too. In addition to the manifold aspects of choice-professional interest, the standards of programme, the prestige of the institution-the results of career tracking also help applicants make more conscious decisions, providing a picture of their opportunities after graduation, of how satisfied the graduates of certain majors have been, and also how much they can use the knowledge acquired in their work.
It would make the situation easier for young people I they could see when and what jobs the former graduates of their institution and major were able to find. Career planning is simplified when people know what to expect and prepare for from the outset. However, a lot of information needs to be collected for this from many fields, in which all students and graduates can help. If someone is asked questions about career tracking (personally, in writing, via e-mail or on the phone) they should respond. Not only do they help themselves, they help students who will graduate later.
Career tracking forms a nationwide system beyond institutions
On the basis of institutional surveys, i.e. the data from students and graduates, the Graduate Career Tracking System financed by the European Union fulfils national tasks too. It gathers together the results of institutional level career tracking surveys, and interconnects them with administrative data sources. Then, by the central, national database, the situation of graduates can be seen from a much wider point of view than the institutional level. We can find answers to the question, for example, of where communication major students around the country are most satisfied with the study programme, or of how soon, where and with what salary graduates from technical fields can find employment.
All this will be available at www.diplomantul.hu
The stressed objective of career tracking is of helping graduates in career planning during and after the years spent at university or college. The main objective is to make the transition between higher education and work easier.
The graduate career tracking website operated by Educatio Public Services Nonprofit LLC offers useful information and good advice for new graduates about seeking employment and establishing a career. The website helps map up the competencies required for a given job, of what chances a new graduate has on the labour market with these competencies. "Diplomán túl" also presents the results of central surveys related to career tracking, while also encouraging participation in career tracking surveys that highlight its role.
The website is a great opportunity for new graduates starting their careers to obtain information from a single source about the world of job hunting and career building. With this information they can start looking for a job with confidence and more consciously, since it is clear that information is an invaluable advantage in this field.
In addition to articles about career advice and autognostic self knowledge, we have collected the most important information needed to obtain an internship, write a curriculum vitae and a motivation letter. Students can gain a deeper insight into the characteristics of job interviews. They are given tips on how to discuss salaries, moreover, they can find information about the potential salaries of new graduates, and also employment abroad.
The visitors to the website can also browse autognostic and career choice tests related to career building. Anyone can test whether they would perform well in a written application, personal interview or if they would survive the pitfalls of a probation period with the help of an interactive question series. You can find out how professional you are in establishing connections, or how much you are aware of the rules of working abroad. The master's programmes available after graduation from certain undergraduate programmes are easily found with the educational route planner. Similarly the website also tries to show the career opportunities of graduates from individual majors, how former graduates have found employment, and in what fields it is worth trying with a degree.
In addition to all this available on the website are: reports on events related to career tracking, the results of research conducted among students and graduates, alumni news and professional content related to graduate career tracking (from methodology, through events, to the publications).