Career Path Study

The 3-year Career Path Study Surveys, undertaken from 1996- 2013, the 3-year Career Path Study Interviews (conducted 1996-2010), and the 5-year Career Path Study, undertaken from 2010-2014, addressed the following research questions:

  1. Who stays and who leaves their public child welfare positions?
  2. What factors influence the retention of Title IV-E Stipend Program graduates?
  3. What are the career paths of Title IV-E graduates?

Now completed, the study as a whole looked at the careers of these graduates at four points in time post-graduation.

  • The New Graduate Survey. The first point in time was about six months after graduation when CalSWEC sent the New Graduate Survey to graduates soliciting information about how well they felt they were prepared for their new jobs, what about their jobs gave them satisfaction, and what they identified as challenges. 
  • Common Core Demographics Survey. Additionally when graduates are newly hired and in Common Core Curricula training, CalSWEC surveys them about their service orientation, goals, and expectations for their new jobs. The Common Core Demographics Survey allows for IV-E and non-IV-E comparison groups. 
  • The 3-Year Career Path Survey. When the Title IV-E graduates completed their work obligation about three years post-graduation; the survey focused on determining who stayed and who left public child welfare. The evaluation, now closed, reviewed service orientation, goals, and job expectations.
  • The 5-Year Career Path Survey. Graduates were surveyed again and offered a telephone interview at the five-year post-graduation mark, a point when studies have shown that professionals seek changes such as promotions or specializations to further their careers. The evaluation thread of service orientation, goals, and job expectations was again continued at the 5-year post-graduation point. 

Reviewed December 2016

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