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Careers Registration: Insights for employability

The Careers Group OFS learning gain project involved 15 institutions implementing careers registration into the registration and re-enrollment process. This involved 2-4 career focused questions to track development of student employability during their time in higher education, predict employment outcomes, and evaluate the effectiveness of employability strategies and interventions.

The project aimed to begin tracking and analysing/ comparing careers registration data with DLHE data, as well as looking for 'typical' behaviour patterns across subjects areas. Also, the project looked for patterns of careers thinking in combination with work experience across different cohorts and subject areas.

Careers registration project information sheet


Institutions involved

  • Aberystwyth University
  • City, University of London
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Goldsmiths
  • King's College London
  • Lancaster University
  • Liverpool John Moore's University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • The Royal Veterinary College
  • St George's
  • St Mary's
  • SOAS
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Exeter
  • Ulster University
  • UCL

Uses of Careers Registration

  • Additional evidence for TEF assessment submissions
  • Providing real data on students careers thinking and preparedness
  • Inform strategic service planning and departmental engagement
  • Identification of 'at risk' groups
  • Identifying specific employability needs of groups, leading to targeted marketing and interventions
  • Measuring the effectiveness of employability initiatives


Top tips for careers registration

Careers registration practical guide November 2019 

Cobb, Fiona, 'There's No Going Back': The Transformation of HE Careers Services Using Big Data, Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, Volume 42, Number 1, April 2019, pp. 18-25(8) available online at