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IJLT 2023 Vol.9(3): 175-185
doi: 10.18178/ijlt.9.3.175-185

Employability of University Leavers Using a Descriptive Analytics Case Study

Subeksha Shrestha*, Sandra Fernando, Preeti Patel, and Maya Pun
London Metropolitan University, SCDM, London, UK
*Correspondence: sus0641@my.londonmet.ac.uk (S.S.)

Manuscript received September 2, 2022; revised October 9, 2022; accepted February 25, 2023.

Abstract—High and successful employment of university leavers has been a challenging key performance indicator for decades as a result of diverse life circumstances, life goals and travel need. The COVID pandemic and subsequent online delivery have added further challenges to the work-based placement and practical skill delivery, particularly in the STEM subject areas. The purpose of this study is to consider the recent past employment history and leavers data by looking into salient but yet unanswered questions about the activity of student leavers, employment type, relevance, and contribution of the degree programme and gain insight into course modification, employability support and market analysis. The latest Graduate Outcome Survey is in its infancy, and the current response rate is reportedly low. Therefore, a subset of Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DHLE) data from an inner London university is analyzed and the results are visualized with findings. Among the participants of a computing case study, Computer Science graduates produced the highest earnings in comparison to any other courses. Additionally, undergraduate courses with the title of Computer Forensics or Business Computing produced the highest number of skilled workers in positions relevant to their qualification and produced the highest levels of employed Higher Education (HE) leavers after graduation, demonstrating that degrees that combine IT skills and other speciality skills have higher levels of proven employability. 
Keywords—DLHE, employability, computing, survey
Cite: Subeksha Shrestha, Sandra Fernando, Preeti Patel, and Maya Pun, "Employability of University Leavers Using a Descriptive Analytics Case Study," International Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 175-185, September 2023. doi: 10.18178/ijlt.9.3.175-185

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