In a previous Data Dabbling back in July, we introduced our new Professional Profiles data, demonstrating how it can be used to help education providers understand a number of interesting aspects of their alumni in the workplace, including the kinds of jobs they are doing, and the skills they specialise in, especially when compared to former students from other institutions across the country.
In today’s Data Dabbling, we’re again using the Professional Profiles data, but this time to show how it can be used to analyse career trajectory over time. The Sankey Diagram below looks at a sample of Profiles from across a number of Further Education colleges, showing the first, second and third jobs of their alumni at the 1-Digit Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) level (the same process can be done at more granular SOC levels as well):
The main thing to note is how, as careers progress, increasing numbers of alumni end up in the Managers, directors and senior officials, and Professional occupation boxes (you can see that they both get bigger from job 1 to job 2 to job 3). The other aspect of interest is the sheer porosity of job moves early on in careers. Paths go both up and down in skill level, even if overall there tends to be more upward movement over time.
We can also run a similar exercise, only this time looking not through the lens of occupations, but rather skills. The diagram below again uses profiles from across a number of colleges to look at the skills trajectory of alumni over their first three jobs:
Here, the main thing to note is that although there is again a fair amount of movement both upward and downward, as people move into their 2nd and 3rd jobs, the tendency is to move from lower skill jobs to higher skill jobs.
How can this sort of data help? Although the data above is for a number of colleges, we can carry out the same exercise for an individual provider, along with a comparison of a number of different alumni groups, including the nation as a whole, institutions in a particular location, or even peer institutions. The data can therefore not only help identify the career trajectories of your alumni, it can also help you understand this in the context of a benchmark of other providers at various levels.
To find out more about our Professional Profiles data, and how it can help your organisation understand the career trajectory of its alumni, contact us today.