Poland steps up efforts to track graduate employment

Students embarking on degrees can now find out the likely returns on their different options

July 6, 2017
Source: istock
Jagiellonian University in Kraków

Poland’s Ministry of Science and Higher Education has assembled extensive data to help prospective students choose courses that offer the best employment prospects.

The information comes from a survey of more than 360,000 graduates developed by scientists from the University of Warsaw and staff of the National Information Processing Institute. This was carried out between January 2015 and September 2016 and focuses on the length of graduates’ job searches, their chances of unemployment, employers and levels of remuneration.

Since this was the second iteration of the survey, it is now possible to examine the career paths of both 2014 and 2015 graduates from particular courses (as well as from each university and the country as a whole).

This new Polish system of data gathering is already widely used by researchers and market analysts. But its greatest value is for those embarking on university careers and keen to ensure that their studies will lead to rapid and lucrative employment.

As time goes on, researchers hope to track other phenomena such as the economic activity of students during their studies and the careers of doctoral candidates and young scientists.

matthew.reisz@timeshighereducation.com

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