22 SES 09 A, Higher Education Graduates in the World of Work - the Story Continues (part 1)
Symposium, Continued in 22 SES 10 A
The employment and work are considered as outcome measures of higher education, and they are used as evaluation criteria. In era of growing insecurity of working life, prospects of graduates’ entry to world of work and access to employment are acquiring all the time greater social prominence (Giddens, 1991; Bauman, 2000; Alves, 2005; Teichler, 2007). Higher education institutions have started to foster the employability of their students: Their aim is to “produce” employable graduates. (Bridgstock, 2009; Moreau & Leathwood, 2006). In fact, graduates’ employment success is explained also by many structural and external factors that can not be enhanced by higher education institutions (e.g. Schmetherham, 2006; Reimer, Noelke & Kucel, 2008). The aim of this paper is to examine factors behind graduates’ employment success. It is compared between Finnish university and polytechnic graduates of year 2002 (n=2154). The factors included in the analysis are e.g. gender, higher education sector, degree, study field and family background. The results of logistic regression analysis suggest that graduates’ degree, gender and higher education sector (university vs. polytechnic) have most impact on graduates’ employment success.
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