The impact of work placement on graduate employment in computing: Outcomes from a UK-based study

S. Smith, E. Taylor-Smith, C.F. Smith, G. Webster

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Abstract

This study followed recent computing graduates into the workplace and explored their undergraduate experiences of work placements and subsequent impact on graduate employment. Whilst studying at one of 14 Scottish universities, participants (n=99) had registered interest in a student placement. Factors influencing the ability to secure a placement included recognition of the benefits derived from completing a placement, and parental experience of higher education. We found that graduates had benefited from work experience financially, earning more than those who had not completed placements. They had also found graduate positions more quickly and were more likely to be in work than those who had graduated without completing a placement. The study provides evidence of the long-term benefits of work placements to inform students, university staff, employers, and, where appropriate, to influence government policy in increasing access to student work placements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-369
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Work-Integrated Learning
Volume19
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Graduate employment
  • work placement
  • graduate outcomes
  • career prospects
  • graduate salary

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