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Career Adaptabilities

The University of Nottingham are leading on this strand to explore the role of the UK version of the Career Adaptabilities Questionnaire. Building on a multi-institutional Career Adapt-ability Pilots Project commissioned by the HEA, this strand will aim to measure and facilitate learning gain by tracking a cohort of students over 2016/17 and 2017/18 academic years. A UK-based version of the instrument has been tested, with approved consent of Mark Savickas, who pioneered the original inventory (Savickas & Porfeli, 2012).

The CAAI (Careers Adapt-Ability Inventory) measures 4 dimensions of Career Readiness via a questionnaire to self-assess against 4 dimensions: Concern, Control, Curiosity and Confidence. The study will use mixed methods, administering the questionnaire twice in each year and conducting a small number of interviews once in each year. This strand will work with 6 partner institutions to undertake this work across a range of subjects where graduate employment levels, six months after graduation, are recognised to be traditionally low.

Upon completion of the Career Readiness Questionnaire - a one-to-one discussion will take place exploring the barriers that may be preventing career progression. Participants will work closely with a Careers Advisor to create an agreed action plan that will identify key actions to support career progression. This is then followed up with regular review meetings, analysing progress achieved to identified objectives. Liaising with Newman University, Birmingham (who have developed work in this area) Career Adaptabilities support would be offered to students who self-identify the desire to embark on career planning but who are unsure how to progress. Within this group, different student characteristics could be identified through student records and both groups tracked to monitor progress and identify obstacles/approaches that are helpful and supportive . These can inform the development of careers support.

Please contact Dr. Nalayini Thambar (Nalayini dot Thambar at nottingham dot ac dot uk) for further information about planned activities.

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