Recession 09 - View from the Campus


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How are university careers services responding to the recession? What about institutions, employers and students?

This presentation by Anne-Marie Martin, Director of The Careers Group, University of London, summarises the results of a survey across the Russell Group, the 94 Group and member institutions of AGCAS.

The talk was initally given at a GTI breakfast news meeting, to graduate recruiters and careers service heads.

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  • Thank you to GTI for asking the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services to provide the view from the campus at this breakfast. Thank you to my colleagues at AGCAS for volunteering me for the honour
  • Recession 09 - View from the Campus

    1. 1. View from the campus Anne-Marie Martin The Careers Group, University of London on behalf of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services
    2. 2. The Sample <ul><li>All Russell Group Institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow , Imperial, King's, Leeds, Liverpool, LSE, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton, UCL, Warwick, </li></ul><ul><li>All 94 Group Institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Bath, Birkbeck, Durham, East Anglia, Essex, Exeter, Goldsmiths, Royal Holloway, Lancaster, Leicester, Loughborough, Queen Mary, Reading, St Andrews, SOAS, Surrey, Sussex, Warwick, York </li></ul><ul><li>All other member institutions of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Research <ul><li>“ There’s no such thing as qualitative data. Everything is either 1 or 0.” Fred Kerlinger </li></ul><ul><li>“ All research ultimately has a qualitative grounding.” Donald Campbell </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Questions <ul><li>We asked Directors of Careers Services how the following were reacting to the recession </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Careers Services </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Institution <ul><li>Vice Chancellors are concerned </li></ul><ul><li>Offer of additional resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Recession Contingency Planning Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Education Funding Council for England has announced additional funding stream – ‘Economic Challenge Investment Fund‘ </li></ul><ul><li>Government Graduate Internship Scheme </li></ul>
    6. 6. Employers <ul><li>Conflicting messages. </li></ul><ul><li>Employer activity on campus buoyant </li></ul><ul><li>Current vacancies – full and part-time. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some institutions report number of vacancies are down </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Significant number of services report number of vacancies identical or up on this time last year </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Everyone reviewing their offer as employers reduce their graduate recruitment budgets </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment up in July 2008 cohort </li></ul>
    7. 7. Students <ul><li>Anxiety but not panic </li></ul><ul><li>Concerned because their parents are concerned </li></ul><ul><li>Increased use of the careers service </li></ul><ul><li>Attendance at events mixed </li></ul><ul><li>Believing the headlines so giving up before they start. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Large accountant, still with 200 vacancies, attracted 4 students here yesterday despite lots of leafleting” </li></ul><ul><li>Some signs of avoidance of particular sectors </li></ul><ul><li>“ Those finalists who are already far down the path, with interviews etc lined up, are active; the others have decided to shelve the issue for the moment” </li></ul><ul><li>The exceptions </li></ul>
    8. 8. Most popular questions <ul><li>Which are the safest jobs to go into? </li></ul><ul><li>Information on volunteering opportunities for a year? </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits or not of a postgraduate degree? </li></ul><ul><li>Public versus private sector? </li></ul>
    9. 9. Careers Services <ul><li>Conflicting messages so preparing for anything </li></ul><ul><li>Trying to communicate clear messages through many media </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging students to engage </li></ul><ul><li>Preaching Quality and Quantity in applications </li></ul><ul><li>Talking to and involving academics </li></ul><ul><li>Extending activities beyond the normal cycle </li></ul><ul><li>New products and services </li></ul>
    10. 10. New Products and Services <ul><li>Seminars & Workshops : Job Hunting in a Recession; Creative Job Search; Commercial Awareness; Understanding the Market; </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in Coaching : Selection Perfection </li></ul><ul><li>New info : Top ten tips for surviving the recession; Guide for Parents </li></ul><ul><li>New Messages : Plan B; Quality AND Quantity </li></ul><ul><li>New Opportunities : Internal Internships; Graduate Placement Schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Boot Camps </li></ul><ul><li>Tissues for the unlucky few </li></ul><ul><li>This recession is different </li></ul>
    11. 11. A recession like no other <ul><li>The Head of the Management school at LSE agrees with careers service view </li></ul><ul><li>Four engines of the economy – USA, Europe, Japan, Emerging markets </li></ul><ul><li>Previous recessions have seen one or two of these failing and the jumbo jet of the economy has managed to continue on two or three engines </li></ul><ul><li>This recession has effected all four engines and the plane is therefore gliding downwards </li></ul>
    12. 12. When all the engines fail you need experienced pilots
    13. 13. The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services <ul><li>Members are Higher Education careers services and their staff </li></ul><ul><li>2000 members in 130 Higher Education institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Flagship event: Biennial Conference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Convey your messages to advisers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn how to reach their students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Superb networking opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Day 3 programme tailored for employers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference dinner at Twickenham Rugby Stadium </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. The future of graduates, the future of guidance <ul><li>8-11 September Brunel University London </li></ul><ul><li>10 th September - Employer Day </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop applications close 6 March </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul>Contact: Mark Nuttall Tel: 0114 2515771 Email: