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Careers and Employability Service launches the ‘Graduate Pulse Survey’

Student callers for the Graduate Pulse Survey

The Careers and Employability Service will be calling thousands of recent Portsmouth graduates to ask them about their careers and offer them further support if needed.

Back in 2018, the university ran its last ever Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. This survey has been superseded by a centrally run survey called the Graduate Outcomes survey. The loss of the DLHE survey also meant the loss of our chance to reach out to recent graduates and talk to them about their employment. The Careers and Employability Service at Portsmouth is available to all graduates for five years after graduation. The old DLHE survey provided an opportunity for us to actively support our graduates on their individual employment journeys.

To bridge this gap, Careers and Employability has launched the new ‘Graduate Pulse Survey’ in May.  A team of seven trained students are spending evenings and weekends telephoning 3,700 of our recent graduates from undergraduate degrees. We’re asking how they are doing, reminding them that we’re here still to help support them, and immediately plugging them into support if they would like it. Examples of help have included arranging, for the very next day, an appointment with a careers advisor, a CV review with our information advisors, or a referral to our in-house recruitment consultancy.

Julia Hughes, who leads the Careers and Employability Service said: “We really care about the success of our graduates. Like all staff at the University we embrace our Hallmark to be ‘engaged, with a sense of professional responsibility’. Our new Graduate Pulse Survey is an important part of taking our services out to our graduates, where and when they need them most.”

The first run of the Graduate Pulse Survey is from May 2019 through July 2019.  For more information, please contact Paul Spendlove, Graduate Outcomes Officer, at


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  1. I would be very interested in taking part in this

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