a masters where next?
other benefits will a further year's study offer graduates
beyond a bigger overdraft? Researchers at the institute
for lifelong learning are hoping to find out, with a new
study into the employability and career progression of
masters students, funded by the higher education careers
choose a masters to extend their undergraduate experience,
or from an interest in the subject without a clear plan
of what will follow," said institute director Phil
Hodkinson (pictured left). "For others, it's
the route to research, or they choose a vocational course
to further their career. We want to see what their main
motivations are, whether their expectations are fulfilled
and where the further qualification may lead them."
Hodkinson and co-researchers Helen Colley and Helen Bowman
will focus on six vocational and non-vocational
subject areas offered by the University and LMU.
They will survey full-time students during their year's
study, and follow them for six months after completion
of their course. They are seeking further funding to follow
the students over a longer period.
university careers services monitor how many progress
from masters to doctorates, but there's little known about
other forms of progression," said Professor Hodkinson.
"We hope our study will begin to fill that gap, enabling
careers services to offer better guidance to graduates,
and helping universities improve their recruitment."
up in May 2000, the institute for lifelong learning brings
together academics across higher education with practitioners
from further education and other organisations. The institute
carries out research, offers postgraduate courses in lifelong
learning, and runs seminars. For more details see www.leeds.ac.uk/lli
or telephone ext 33417.