From higher education to work: public and professional sector employment in Germany and Britain

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Author: Leuze, Kathrin

Abstract:

Comparative analysis of the transition from higher education to work often focuses on cross-national variations of higher education systems to explain country-specific mobility patterns of higher education graduates. The structure of graduate labour markets, however, has received less attention, despite differences across countries. Variations in the structure of public services and the professions are particularly pronounced. This article, therefore, analyses graduate employment patterns in professional and public sector jobs. It develops an explanatory framework based on the concept of internal labour markets and asks whether country-specific degrees of social closure in the public and professional sector influence individual transitions from higher education to work. To answer this question, the study looks at two countries that vary strongly in their institutional organisation of public and professional services - namely, Britain and Germany. Empirically, the transition to public and professional sector employment is studied, as well as between-sector career mobility of higher education graduates. Results indicate that public and professional sector employment is more common in Germany, while further career mobility between these sectors is higher in Britain.

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Comparative analysis of the transition from higher education to work often focuses on cross-national variations of higher education systems to explain country-specific mobility patterns of higher education graduates. The structure of graduate labour markets, however, has received less attention, despite differences across countries. Variations in the structure of public services and the professions are particularly pronounced. This article, therefore, analyses graduate employment patterns in professional and public sector jobs. It develops an explanatory framework based on the concept ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Higher education; Research; Students; Career development; Labour market

Keywords: Transition from education and training to employment; Comparative analysis; Employment pattern; Graduates; Career pattern; Education work relationship

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Germany; Europe

Published: Oxford, England: Symposium Journals, 2010

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Journal title: Research in comparative and international education

Journal volume : 5

Journal number: 4

Journal date: 2010

Pages: pp. 344-365

ISSN: 1745-4999

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call Number:
TD/TNC 111.284



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