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The results of the 2005 pilot study:
- Males remain more employment-orientated than females.
- 'Non-traditional' students (from manual backgrounds) feel the need to go to university to ‘demonstrate their ability and potential’.
- The most important influences on choice of course are: visits, course characteristics and reputation of the HE institution.
- Respondents whose parents don’t have an HE qualification are more likely to go to uni to ‘get a better job’.
- Those with parents with HE qualifications go to university because it’s the ‘normal thing to do’ and to ‘be a student’.
- Two out of three respondents expect to have significant debts when they leave university.
- Mature students are far less likely to expect to undertake work or leave university in debt.
- Two-thirds agree that student loans are a good idea.
The survey raises three important areas that will influence future policy decisions:
- a need for better careers advice before students pick HE courses
- the diversity of HE experience needs to be taken into account in careers guidance
- the diversity of HE experience presents a challenge for careers advisers.
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