When They Leave Us, Where Do They Go?

Have you ever wondered where University of Canterbury graduates end up?

Did you know that 47% of 2019 graduate respondents are employed in Ōtautahi Christchurch? And 62% are employed in roles directly related to their field of study? Well, it’s true!

For over a decade, the Ako Marake | Evaluation & Student Insights Team (formerly Learning Evaluation & Academic Development, LEAD) has been collecting data on UC grads through the annual Graduate Destinations Survey (GDS). The survey invites all graduates to participate during the year following the completion of their studies.

The graduates are asked about any current employment, and/or further study, and also for feedback on the courses they completed and the skills they learned. We are constantly tweaking the survey to find better ways to understand our graduates’ experiences after leaving the university.  The 2020 survey had a response rate of ~38%. This year, respondents had the chance to win one of ten $100 Prezzy Cards – not bad for 10 minutes “work”!

The Evaluation and Student Insights (ESI) team has just published the latest GDS data in a new version of the Graduate Destinations Dashboard (opens new window). More interactions and insights than ever before are available, and new features make it easy for UC staff members to “slice and dice” the numbers to investigate cohorts of interest.

If you are looking to alter curriculum, needing evidence to support a programme review, or just curious, you can find interesting information in the “Programme Feedback & Skill Development” tab. For example, about 3 in 4 grads would recommend their programme of study at UC to others, and 80% agree there was good teaching throughout their study.

These are just some examples of the insights to be found in the Graduate Destinations Dashboard (opens new window). Find all our dashboards here.

To access, you must be a UC staff member. If you are on Windows, we recommend using Google Chrome. If you are on a Mac, please use Safari.

For any questions, or if you would like ESI to come speak to your team about this dashboard and others, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at surveys@cantebury.ac.nz.