Career education, information, advice and guidance in Higher Education

A new report from the  QAA,  A “code of practice for the assurance of academic quality and standards in higher education.  Section 8: Career education, information, advice and guidance” – has been released this month. Designed to update previous practice from 9 years ago it does cover some interesting areas and emphasises the key aspects of good CEIAG to students in Higher Education. Increasingly the issue of unemployed, and underemployered graduates, is going to gather more momentum, especially after this years crop of graduates comes out of the university sector seeking fulfilling careers whilst news of cost reductions in all sorts of areas, echo around them. The main area bearing the costs now will be the public sector, which is facing large and ongoing reductions in funding. Some companies have cancelled or reduced their graduate intake and this is unlikely to get any better for the next year of so at least. The reports dual role of ensuring that students beginning courses obtain the CEIAG they were expecting is combined with a secondary target, to ensure that the HEI can produce graduates to meet the labour market both for today and tomorrow. It does mentioned fluctuations in this labour market and it will be interesting to see what this document causes to be added to the work HEIs are already doing in this field. such projects as Birmingham University’s Future Proof Graduate program http://www2.bcu.ac.uk/futureproof is food for thought. Can we rely on all universities being able to offer similar work, indeed how far should they go along an employability route, does the type of university matter in this respect ? Russell Group or Million+ , Oxford University or Oxford Brookes ?  Of course those students studying HE courses at the local college are another factor again, what support is given in terms of IAG to this increasing number of students ? As is often the case, more questions that answers currently. If you want to read the report you can find it at this link  http://www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/codeOfPractice/section8/Section8careereducation2010.pdf

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Interested in Higher Education ? Make this a regular stop !

Welcome to this, the first Blog aimed at all of those people who provide or support HE Advice to the pupils/students in your area. This blog came out of the Institute of Careers Guidance (ICG) Higher Education Advisers Community which has been created and supported by Andy Gardner. It is based on the need for those of us who work in this area to have one resource which is ours and covers the whole field of HE, but from the perspective of a Careers Adviser. However everyone is welcome here, you do not have to be an adviser to find something useful and interesting here. You may work in Secondary, or Primary education and want to know how best to raise the aspirations of your pupils to consider Higher education, you may work in an FE college or a 6th form and wish to keep abrest of this area, or indeed you might be working in an Higher Education Institution (HEI), but would be interested in seeing what is happening in this general area. Everyone is welcome and can contribute or comment as they see fit. But this is also a blog for the public, so if you are a parent or guardian, an employer or just an ordinary member of the public you are welcome to look in as well.  My prime aim in this blog is to promote the benefits of Higher Education for individuals, businesses and the economy of our country. Of course the fact that it can be interesting and intellectually stimulating is a bonus !