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A career progression survey of graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Information Analysis.

Marcella, Rita; Baxter, Graeme

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Rita Marcella

Graeme Baxter



Abstract

This paper describes the results of a survey of graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Information Analysis at the School of Information and Media, the Robert Gordon University. The survey was carried out by means of a postal questionnaire to all prior students and generated a 45% response rate. The results show that graduates of the course are finding posts in what has been described as the emerging market for information professionals. The primary sectors of activity identified are posts in IT, in research, in information service provision and in financial and policy analysis. Respondents found that the skills gained from the course were relevant to their employment situation and criticisms of course content tended to focus upon IT provision. The paper concludes that further research into the nature of duties carried out by those employed in this sector would have value, as would investigation of the avenues which graduates follow in successfully finding first and subsequent posts. Further surveys are planned in order to track career progression.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 31, 1998
Journal Education for information
Print ISSN 0167-8329
Publisher IOS Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 2
Pages 107-130
Institution Citation MARCELLA, R. and BAXTER, G. 1998. A career progression survey of graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Information Analysis. Education for information [online], 16(2), pages 107-130. Available from: https://doi.org/10.3233/EFI-1998-16202
DOI https://doi.org/10.3233/EFI-1998-16202
Keywords Career surveys; Career development; Employment; LIS; Information professionals; Information analysis; Emerging market

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