Career paths and outcomes of STEM students
A starting point for this study was that, for more than 10 years, technical profiles had been the main part of the bottleneck vacancies published by the Flemish public employment service. In order to make the efforts in the field of STEM pay and to meet the needs of the labour market, it was found important that graduates from STEM studies would find their way to STEM careers.
This research has therefore focused on the career paths and career outcomes of graduates, with specific attention to STEM graduates from different educational levels. IDEA Consult has measured the match and mismatch with regard to STEM in Flanders and has identified factors that determined career choices and career outcomes. This involved looking at factors that lead to mismatch as well as factors that make STEM jobs attractive (also for lateral entry in STEM professions from other specialisations). The study also revealed which of these factors could be influenced by external parties (policy actors and other stakeholders), so that effective and relevant actions could be developed .
- Flemish government