Heike Behle, Milena Kremakova and Clare Lyonette—Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER)
This study explored the experiences, postsecondary destinations and outcomes of International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) students. Sixty-two former CP students from Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom (UK), the United States (US), Australia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) completed a survey about their experiences in the CP. In addition, 20 CP alumni, one employer and eight training and higher education institutions (HEIs) admissions officers were interviewed. The majority of CP students were satisfied with the reputation of the CP in their schools and their schools’ career-related resources. In hindsight, the overall majority of both survey and interview respondents stated that they would choose to undertake the CP again. Most of the CP students in this study indicated that they had increased their functional competencies, such as language skills, IT skills, time-management skills, organizational and research skills, and industry-specific employment skills. Students generally felt that the skills derived from undertaking the CP, as well as the knowledge gained from DP courses, had helped them in their university studies. Some challenges related to CP participation included access to adequate information about the programme prior to enrollment and issues with university recognition of the CP.