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Exploring students’ and graduates’ attitudes to the process of transition to the labour market

Hooley, T, Hanson, J and Clark, L (2022) Exploring students’ and graduates’ attitudes to the process of transition to the labour market. Industry and Higher Education. ISSN 2043-6858

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This article explores how UK students and recent graduates experience the process of transitioning to the labour market, based on a secondary analysis of 1,969 survey responses from current students and recent graduates using an online jobs board. It finds that gender, class and ethnicity all structure students’ experience of transition in a multitude of ways. The article reports 24 aspects of the transition process with differences between students from different demographic backgrounds. These include students’ vocational focus and career aspirations, mobility, values, the social aspects of work, whether they feel informed about career and recruitment, how they want to communicate with employers, and their experience of the Covid-19 pandemic. Most of these differences are small, but cumulatively they suggest that demographics are shaping the process of transition in complex, intersectional and heterogeneous ways. There is a need for key stakeholders involved in this process, notably higher education careers services and employers, to attend to these differences and use them to reform the graduate transition process in ways that make it more equitable.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by SAGE Publications in Industry and Higher Education on June 24 2022, available at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: graduates, graduate recruitment, transition to work
Faculty: Academic Development Unit
Depositing User: Jill HANSON
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2022 14:20
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 14:03

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