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The Conservatoire commissioned the Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC), supported by the Institute of Student Employers, to undertake research with graduates of the six Conservatoire schools to understand more about the career paths of our performance and production graduates:
‘It helps to have more strings to your bow’: Exploring the careers and success of graduates of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama’ reveals a wide range of career trajectories and that many of these graduates have complex working patterns. Almost 90% maintain a connection to the subject they trained in (through paid or unpaid activity) and 4 in 5 think they have built a good career since graduation – most are, in many respects, highly satisfied with their careers.
The research presents a new, holistic model of graduate success which explores areas such as artistic engagement, wellbeing and making a difference, as well as earnings. The report’s findings will be directly relevant to those with an interest in creative and performing arts education, but the new approach to considering graduate success and course outcomes could also be very interesting for other groups, particularly where earnings are not a good measure of career progress or a meaningful one in terms of what graduates value.