DEFINITION: A tracer study or graduate survey is a survey (in written or oral form) of graduates from education institutions, which takes place some time after graduation or the end of the training. The subjects of a tracer study can be manifold, but common topics include questions on study progress, the transition to work, work entrance, job career, use of learned competencies, current occupation and bonds to the education institution (school, centre, university).
SOURCE: Schomburg, H. (2016). Carrying out tracer studies, Guide to anticipating and matching skills and jobs, Volume 6. European Training Foundation / European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training / International Labour Office.