Free downloadable guide for HE staff to use with You’re Hired! Graduate Career Handbook


I wrote yesterday about our new book You’re Hired! Graduate Career Handbook. This book is going to be released the start of next week, but you can of course pre-order now.

In the meantime I’d like to share with you the free guide that we’ve made for HE staff. If you follow this blog you are probably more likely to be a careers person or an academic than a current student (although I welcome all readers). We wrote the actual book for students, but we thought that it would be useful to think about how academics and careers educators might make use of it as part of their delivery of careers and employability modules and programmes.

The guide covers how to use the Graduate Career Handbook in the following situations.

  • To support career conversations and as part of careers advice and guidance
  • To support students when they are networking with employers and undertaking placements and other kinds of extra-curricular experiences.
  • To run employability workshops.
  • To design employability modules and programmes.

We ‘ve included a load of workshop plans, draft module specifications with learning outcomes and an extensive reading list to support modules.

Hopefully you will find it useful.


Making Every Graduate Employable

Today I’m presenting at the Making Every Graduate Employable – Identifying Skills Gaps, Collaboration with Industry and Reviewing Destination Data Collection event organised by Policy UK.

This looks like an interesting day and features speakers from HEFCE, Institute of Fiscal Studies, Institute of Employment Research, Universities UK, HESA, Birmingham City University, AGR and Plymouth University.

I’ll be there presenting our new paper on employability. I’ll probably just use the slides that I used to present to the HEA the other day.

Lifelong guidance and employability in higher education

Today I’m giving a presentation to the OECD programme on higher education.

I will be co-presenting with Raimo Vuorinen from the University of Jyvaskyla. The idea is to encourage OECD universities to consider the wider lifelong guidance policy frame and to consider the evidence base for their own practice.

This is the slides that we are going to use.

Lifelong guidance and employability in higher education

More video career resources from Julia Yates

Last week I posted some interviews that Julia Yates conducted with me on online career learning and social media.

She has also interviewed a whole load of interesting people (as well as me). The films are well worth watching and include interviews with some of the stars of British career development.

Julia gets everyone talking about career theory, career management, career development and employability.

Well worth a watch!


Evaluating the impact of career management skills module and internship programme within a university business school

I’ve just published a new article in the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling.

Taylor, A. R., & Hooley, T. (2014). Evaluating the impact of career management skills module and internship programme within a university business school. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, Online first (pp. 1-13).

The article looks at the impact of an intervention on business school graduates’ employability. The intervention was a taught career management skills (CMS) module and an industrial placement year. The study uses data from the destinations of leavers of higher education survey to examine the employability of different groups within the cohort (no intervention, CMS module only and CMS module plus structured work experience). It finds that structured work experience has clear, positive effects on the ability of graduates to secure employment in ‘graduate level’ jobs within six months of graduation. Furthermore, participation in the CMS module also has a clear, positive effect upon the ability of participants to secure employment.