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Alumni Surveys

Surveys of graduates from institutions (alumni) can be helpful in identifying the aspects of the the university experience that have contributed to employability.

Surveys often address those areas of generic skill development that have been helpful or relevant in obtaining and progressing in paid employment. However, it is possible for the survey to go beyond this instrumental approach to explore employability in the broader sense of the development of life-long learning skills.

It should be noted that graduates in a work setting often identify areas other than specific job-related skills as important. For example, media studies students have noted the importance of theory in helping them develop their careers, whereas current media students often think that theory is not important in getting a job.

Example of alumni surveys

Leeds University Alumni Survey