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Graduate survey

Transition from university to professional career | Experience on the job market

A systematic, scientifically based survey of the experiences and needs of graduates during the transition from the university to the job market,

Graduate survey

Study conditions and professional success

Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences has been participating in the cooperation project Graduate Studies (KOAB) since the 2015/16 winter semester. With academic support from the ISTAT – Institute for Applied Statistics, about 60 KOAB partner universities across Germany survey their alumni of the previous examination year using a standardized online questionnaire.

Aims of the survey

KOAB's goal is the systematic, scientifically based survey of the experiences and needs of graduates during the transition from the university to the job market. The former students are given the opportunity to give feedback on their studies and to evaluate them in terms of their preparation for the demands of professional life. In addition, Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences learns about the professional and occupational fields in which its alumni work and the conditions they find there.

Results of the survey

The university-specific survey findings are a central source of information for quality management at Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences and contribute to the targeted further development of studies and teaching. In addition, the graduates' feedback is informative for the work of the Career and Alumni Service, the student advisory service and other university institutions. At the beginning of 2019, the reporting form of the survey was modified. As a result, anyone interested can now find the results of the university-wide graduate survey further down the page starting with the 2016 examination year.

National education monitoring

Furthermore, the cooperation project Graduate Studies is linked to the national graduate panel, which is conducted every four years. Within the national graduate panel, randomly selected graduates are surveyed. The national graduate panel primarily serves the purpose of educational reporting and enables political decision-making at the federal level.
At the beginning of the survey it is pointed out whether the survey findings will be used for national education monitoring. In this case, the survey results will be used by the universities organized in KOAB and ISTAT as well as by the International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER) of the University of Kassel and the German Centre for Higher Education and Science Studies (DZHW). This ensures that graduates are not invited to participate in different, overlapping studies but only in one central study.

Further information

Further information on KOAB, such as survey methods and data processing, can be found on the ISTAT project page (German only).

Findings in the survey of 2018

Study motivation

The decisive factors in motivating young people to take up a course of study were their interest in the subject ("fully applicable" said 96 and 100 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed) and their better chances on the job market (83 and 100 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed).

Study conditions and study contents

When asked about the range of studies offered and the study conditions, especially the access to required courses was rated as being very good and good by 89 percent of the surveyed Bachelor's graduates and by 75 percent of Master's graduates. The training of oral presentations and the professional quality of teaching were also rated as very good and good by 75 and 78 percent respectively of the Bachelor's graduates and 75 and 67 percent respectively of the Master's graduates surveyed. The topicality of the methods taught was rated as very good or good by 74 percent of the Bachelor's graduates and by 58 percent of the Master's graduates surveyed.

Retrospective satisfaction with your studies and job satisfaction

73 percent of Bachelor's graduates and 92 percent of Master's graduates stated that they were "very satisfied" or satisfied" with their studies at HSHL from a today's point of view. 63 percent of Bachelor's and 100 percent of Master's graduates respectively were satisfied or very satisfied with their current job. 

Findings of the HSHL graduate surveys

  • Survey of graduates taking their exams in 2018

    In the survey of Bachelor's and Master's graduates taking their exams in 2018, 144 (30.1 %) and 15 (22,7 %) of a total of 479 Bachelor's and 66 Master's graduates respectively actively participated in the survey. The most important findings of the survey, separated by Bachelor's and Master's graduates, are listed below in excerpts.

    Study motivation and study satisfaction

    • The decisive factors in motivating young people to take up a course of study were their interest in the subject ("fully applicable" said 96 and 100 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed) and their better chances on the job market (83 and 100 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed).
    • In retrospect, 73 and 92 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed said that they were very satisfied or satisfied with their studies at HSHL. 69 and 83 percent respectively of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed stated that they would decide to study at HSHL again. 78 or 83 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed would also choose the same course of study again.
    • While none of the Master's graduates surveyed were thinking about dropping out during their studies, the proportion of Bachelor's graduates surveyed who were considering dropping out was 14 percent.

    Study conditions and study contents

    • When asked about the range of studies offered and the study conditions, especially the access to required courses was rated as being very good and good by 89 percent of the surveyed Bachelor's graduates and by 75 percent of Master's graduates. The training of oral presentations and the professional quality of teaching were also rated as very good and good by 75 and 78 percent respectively of the Bachelor's graduates and 75 and 67 percent respectively of the Master's graduates surveyed. The topicality of the methods taught was rated as very good or good by 74 percent of the Bachelor's graduates and by 58 percent of the Master's graduates surveyed. According to the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed, however, the research relevance of teaching and learning and organizational processes in the course of studies could be further improved.
    • More than 67 and 75 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed rated the university's equipment in almost all sub-areas (laboratories, equipment of teaching rooms, access to EDP/WLAN etc.) as good to very good. The availability of teaching and learning rooms is rated on average at 2.5 respectively 2.2 by the surveyed Bachelor's and Master's graduates (on a scale of 1-5).
    • When asked about the topicality of the course content and the practice-oriented elements of the studies, the Bachelor's and Master's graduates are also very satisfied: more than 67 percent of those surveyed rated both the fact that many of HSHL's teachers have a practical background and the practice-oriented course content and the combination of theory and practice as very good or good.
    • With regard to the central offerings at Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, more than 70 or 67 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed rated the information provided on the Internet, the digital media services (myHSHL, e-learning offerings) and the availability of necessary literature (including online resources) in the central university library as very good to good. While 51 and 56 percent of the Bachelor's graduates surveyed rated the central student advisory service or the Campus Office as very good and good, the proportion of Master's graduates surveyed who rated it as very good and good was 92 and 83 percent respectively.

    Job search and employment situation 1.5 years after graduation

    • 1.5 years after graduation, 70 respectively 90 percent of the surveyed Bachelor's and Master's graduates are in a regular employment relationship. Among the surveyed Bachelor's degree holders, 52 percent were enrolled in postgraduate studies (e.g. Master's degree course). Multiple answers were possible here.
    • Most of the Bachelor's graduates surveyed remain in the region: 4 percent and 37 percent respectively are employed at the university location or in the region of the university. No statement can be made about the Master's graduates due to the low response rate.
    • 66 and 100 percent respectively of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed are employed on a permanent basis, 81 and 100 percent respectively work full-time.
    • The majority of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed work in the (private) business sector after graduation (87 and 89 percent respectively).
    • The monthly gross income in full-time employment for the surveyed Bachelor and Master alumni ranges between 3,251-3,500 euros and 3,751-4,000 euros (median) respectively.
    • While 63 percent of the Bachelor's graduates surveyed are very satisfied or satisfied with their professional situation, this proportion is 100 percent among the Master's graduates surveyed.
  • Survey of graduates taking their exams in 2017

    In the survey of Bachelor's and Master's graduates taking their exams in 2017, 123 (31%) and 23 (43%) of a total of 391 Bachelor's and 54 Master's graduates respectively actively participated in the survey. The most important findings of the survey, separated by Bachelor's and Master's graduates, are listed below in excerpts.

    Study motivation and study satisfaction

    • The decisive factors in motivating young people to take up a course of study were their interest in the subject ("fully applicable" said 97 and 91 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed) and their better chances on the job market (79 and 90 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed).
    • In retrospect, 72 and 81 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed said that they were very satisfied or satisfied with their studies at HSHL. 53 and 71 percent respectively of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed stated that they would decide to study at HSHL again. 66 or 67 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed would also choose the same course of study again.
    • While only 9 percent of the Master's graduates surveyed were considering dropping out during their studies, the proportion of Bachelor's graduates surveyed who were considering dropping out was 19 percent.

    Study conditions and study contents

    • When asked about the range of studies offered and the study conditions, especially the access to required courses was rated as being very good and good by 87 percent of the surveyed Bachelor's graduates and by 91 percent of Master's graduates. The training of oral presentations and the professional quality of teaching were also rated as very good and good by 83 and 77 percent respectively of the Bachelor's graduates and 86 and 77 percent respectively of the Master's graduates surveyed. The topicality of the methods taught was rated as very good or good by 69 percent of the Bachelor's graduates surveyed and by 95 percent of the Master's graduates surveyed. According to the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed, however, the research relevance of teaching and learning and organizational processes in the course of studies could be further improved.
    • More than 66 and 77 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed respectively rated the university's equipment in almost all sub-areas (laboratories, equipment of teaching rooms, access to EDP/WLAN etc.) as good to very good. The availability of teaching and learning rooms is rated on average at 2.8 respectively 2.2 by the surveyed Bachelor's and Master's graduates (on a scale of 1-5).
    • When asked about practical and job-related elements of the degree program, the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed are also very satisfied: more than half of those surveyed rated both the fact that many of HSHL's lecturers have a practical background and the practice-related course content and the combination of theory and practice as very good or good.
    • With regard to the central offerings at Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, more than 74 or 73 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed rated the information provided on the Internet, the digital media services (myHSHL, e-learning offerings) and the availability of necessary literature (including online resources) in the central university library as very good to good.

    Job search and employment situation 1.5 years after graduation

    • 1.5 years after graduation, 56 respectively 80 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed are in a regular employment relationship. Among the surveyed Bachelor's degree holders, 49 percent were enrolled in postgraduate studies (e.g. Master's degree course). Multiple answers were possible here.
    • The Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed largely remain in the region: 7 percent and 15 percent respectively are employed at the university location, 46 percent or 23 percent in the university's region and 46 or 62 percent in Germany.
    • 60 respectively 75 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed are employed on a permanent basis, 71 respectively 80 percent work full-time.
    • The majority of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed work in the (private) business sector after graduation (74 and 82 percent respectively).
    • The monthly gross income in full-time employment for the surveyed Bachelor and Master alumni ranges between 3,251-3,500 euros and 3,501-3,750 euros (median) respectively.
    • In each case, 79 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed are very satisfied or satisfied with their professional situation.
  • Survey of graduates taking their exams in 2016

    In the survey of Bachelor's and Master's graduates taking their exams in 2016, 85 (28%) and 11 (32%) of a total of 304 Bachelor's and 34 Master's graduates respectively actively participated in the survey. The most important findings of the survey, separated by Bachelor's and Master's graduates, are listed below in excerpts.

    Study motivation and study satisfaction

    • The decisive factors in motivating young people to take up a course of study were their interest in the subject ("fully applicable" said 87 and 70 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed) and their better chances on the job market (85 and 90 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed).
    • In retrospect, 64 and 33 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed said that they were very satisfied or satisfied with their studies at HSHL. 61 and 33 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed stated that they would decide to study at HSHL again. 64 or 50 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed would also choose the same course of study again.
    • While there were no thoughts of dropping out during the course of study among the Master's graduates surveyed, 11 percent of the Bachelor's graduates surveyed were considering dropping out.

    Study conditions and study contents

    • When asked about the range of studies offered and the study conditions, especially the access to required courses was rated as being very good and good by 89 percent of the surveyed Bachelor's and Master's graduates each. The training of oral presentations and the professional quality of teaching were each rated as very good and good by 70 percent of the Bachelor's graduates and by 67 percent and 78 percent respectively of the Master's graduates surveyed. The topicality of the methods taught was rated very good or good by 68 percent of the Bachelor's graduates surveyed and by 78 percent of the Master's graduates surveyed. According to the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed, however, the research relevance of teaching and learning and organizational processes in the course of studies could be further improved.
    • The Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed rated the university's equipment in almost all sub-areas (laboratories, equipment of teaching rooms, access to EDP/WLAN, etc.) at an average of 3.0 or better (on a grading scale of 1-5). The only thing that the Bachelor's graduates surveyed gave an average of 3.0 (on a scale of 1-5) was the availability of learning and teaching rooms.
    • When asked about practical and job-related elements of the studies, the Bachelor's and Master's graduates are also very satisfied: More than half of those surveyed rated both the fact that many of HSHL's teachers have a practical background and the practice-related teaching content and the combination of theory and practice as very good or good.
    • With regard to the central offerings at Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, more than 66 and 56 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed rated the information provided on the Internet and digital media services (myHSHL, e-learning offerings) as very good to good.

    Job search and employment situation 1.5 years after graduation

    • 1.5 years after graduation, 59 respectively 100 percent of the surveyed Bachelor's and Master's graduates are in a regular employment relationship. Among the surveyed Bachelor's degree holders, 52 percent were enrolled in postgraduate studies (e.g. Master's degree course). Multiple answers were possible here.
    • While the Bachelor's graduates surveyed tend to remain at the university location and in the region, the Master's graduates surveyed tend to be employed at the university location: 24 and 33 percent respectively are employed at the university location, 12 and 0 percent respectively in the university's region, and 61 and 67 percent respectively in Germany.
    • 54 respectively 50 percent of the surveyed Bachelor's and Master's graduates are employed on a permanent basis, 73 respectively 60 percent work full-time.
    • The majority of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed work in the (private) business sector after graduation (79 and 50 percent respectively).
    • The monthly gross income in full-time employment for the surveyed Bachelor alumni ranges between 3,251-3,500 euros (median). No data was collected on this aspect for the surveyed Master's graduates.
    • 62 and 83 percent of the Bachelor's and Master's graduates surveyed are very satisfied or satisfied with their professional situation.

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