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ERIC Number: EJ980111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0260-2938
No Regrets? Measuring the Career Benefits of a Psychology Placement Year
Moores, Elisabeth; Reddy, Peter
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v37 n5 p535-554 2012
We report an analysis of whether a psychology placement provides significant benefit to graduates' careers. Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey data six months post-graduation suggested that placement programme graduates across the university are significantly more likely to be (1) in work and (2) in graduate-level jobs. For psychology, the association between graduates' placement status and employment status at the same time was not significant overall. However, when analyses were split by degree classification obtained, it was shown that amongst those graduates with 2.1 degrees reporting themselves as working, more placement vs. non-placement programme graduates had obtained graduate-level jobs (63% vs. 33%). In 2.2 classified graduates there was no significant association. This pattern persisted in the data from a survey of psychology alumni (from 18 months to six and a half years post-graduation). Psychology placement programme alumni were also more satisfied with their careers. Although placement graduates earned marginally more, this difference did not reach statistical significance. This study was therefore able to show some measurable and persistent effects of a psychology placement year, although whether the benefits can be claimed to outweigh the costs is inconclusive. Limitations and implications of the study are discussed. (Contains 5 tables, 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom