22 SES 02 A, Higher Education Graduates in the World of Work (Part 2)
Symposium, continued from 22 SES 01 A
HG, HS 33
Elinor Edvardsson Stiwne
This paper discusses the Finnish higher education graduates’ placement in social and work-life hierarchy concerning dual higher education system (universities and polytechnic). It is worth asking whether the selection in reproduction of social statuses already occurred in student selection process of higher education or does it continue in education-to-work –transition. The aim of the paper is to describe, 1) what kind of socio-economic and occupational statuses Finnish higher education graduates have three years after their graduation, 2) how the statuses differ between university and polytechnic graduates and by gender, and 3) does the statuses the graduates reached have a linkage with graduates’ family background (education, socio-economic status). The data is collected by questionnaire to graduates of study fields of business and administration and technology (n=2154). The findings indicate that university graduates have ended up in higher positions than polytechnic graduates. Male graduates have reaped the benefit of their gender in placement in occupational hierarchy. The university graduates come from notably more educated families than polytechnic graduates. In addition, the higher education of family seems to enhance particularly polytechnic graduates’ ending up in high socio-economic status.
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