Understanding and enhancing evidence in higher education careers services

Here are some slides that I’m going to use in a workshop today at the University of Brimingham. I’m trying to give the group a start in thinking about what the evidence says about effective work in higher education careers services and then spur them on towards doing some research themselves.

Understanding and enhancing evidence in higher education careers services



  1. I love this – and particularly the bit where you talk about evidence being used to tell people about the quality and impact of what you do (spot the person who’s recently been matrixed!!). And also the little reality check about collecting evidence (within the resources you have). Makes me remember I haven’t actually sent my research write-up to anyone else in the university……

  2. Reblogged this on Running In A Forest and commented:

    Really insightful and helpful. Particularly found the research around effective work helpful. I’ve pasted the research and key points bellow (slides 7 -10)

    Key papers

    Whiston et al.’s (1998) meta-analysis of 47 studies identified impacts across all types of career interventions.

    Bimrose et al’s (2008) five-year longitudinal tracking study of 50 career guidance clients found that one-to-one guidance interventions were regarded as useful by clients, and that guidance services can support adults to make successful transitions in a turbulent labour market.

    Vuori et al.’s (2012) paper used a randomised control trial to demonstrate the impact of a group intervention on career management skills.

    Carey & Dimmitt (2012) found that there was consistent evidence of a positive relationship between well-organised school counselling programmes and the educational outcomes of students.

    Key Lessons

    1.Where it is genuinely lifelong and progressive.
    2.Where it connects meaningfully to the wider experience and lives of the individuals who participate in it.
    3.Where it is able to recognise the diversity of individuals and to provide services relevant to individual needs.
    4.Where a range of interventions are combined.
    5.Where it develops of career management skills.
    6.Where it is holistic and well-integrated into other support services.
    7.Where it is delivered by skilled professionals.
    8.Where it is based on access to good-quality career information.
    9.Where it is quality-assured and evaluated to ensure its effectiveness and to support continuous improvement.

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