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
This survey provides information about higher education graduate careers in Finland and the factors that affect it. The data is gathered from those graduates who took their degree in 2001 and it contains over 6000 answers. That is more than half of the total number of graduates who took their degree in 2001. The questionnaire was sent to graduates in autumn 2006. This study aims to find out which factors have an effect on the graduates' labour market situation (unemployment), permanent or temporary employment, nature of graduate job (field and level) and earnings after five years from their graduation. The results indicate that unemployment, non-graduate occupation and temporary employment in the early careers of new graduates are the main factors that affect their occupation's nature at questioning time. The research also shows that approximately 7 per cent of graduates haven't found a graduate job within five years from their graduation. New graduates may face a dilemma "Should I accept a non-graduate occupation or continue to stay unemployed and try to find a graduate job?". To this question everyone has to find an answer on their own.
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