22 SES 01 A, Higher Education Graduates and the World of Work, (Part 1)
Symposium to be continued in Session 22 SES 02 A
HG, HS 33
Elinor Edvardsson Stiwne
The future of higher education is emerging as promising in a society where it is increasing necessary to have some qualification in order to get a job, although it is not guarantee of it. After finishing their studies, university graduates have to confront problems such as the transition from the education system to the labour market and the imbalance between studies and labour market demands. In some cases, this led them to think the training received during studies is not enough for facing the labour market, which has produced “extra qualified”graduates, that is, a disparity between posts in jobs and qualifications, so that qualified training and labour activity are not connected (Gómez Jiménez, 2002; González Suárez-Bustamante, 2003), as is also shown in García-Aracil (2007)’s work. This paper aims to identify students’ labour expectations in their studies at the university and their satisfaction level, in relation to these expectations, after they have completed their studies. Our attempt is to complete what has been suggested in previous studies, paying attention basically to this divide between labour expectations and what is, in reality, achieved.
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