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Dilemmas concerning the employment of university graduates in China

Dilemmas concerning the employment of university graduates in China This article draws on a ‘within-subject’ design of employment of university graduates in China over two different periods, namely 2008 and 2014. This research was conducted based on semi-structured interviews and secondary data analysis with four groups of key stakeholders including universities, government agencies, labor-market intermediaries and university graduates. The ‘within-subject’ design enabled an in-depth exploration of how changes at formal and informal institutions affect the employment of university graduates in a fast-changing labor market. The results show that lack of institutional interactions, socially constructed norms that influence graduates’ perceptions and ambiguous directions of educational policies significantly affect university graduates’ employment. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in Higher Education Taylor & Francis

Dilemmas concerning the employment of university graduates in China

Studies in Higher Education , Volume 42 (3): 21 – Jul 10, 2015

Dilemmas concerning the employment of university graduates in China

Studies in Higher Education , Volume 42 (3): 21 – Jul 10, 2015

Abstract

This article draws on a ‘within-subject’ design of employment of university graduates in China over two different periods, namely 2008 and 2014. This research was conducted based on semi-structured interviews and secondary data analysis with four groups of key stakeholders including universities, government agencies, labor-market intermediaries and university graduates. The ‘within-subject’ design enabled an in-depth exploration of how changes at formal and informal institutions affect the employment of university graduates in a fast-changing labor market. The results show that lack of institutional interactions, socially constructed norms that influence graduates’ perceptions and ambiguous directions of educational policies significantly affect university graduates’ employment.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2015 Society for Research into Higher Education
ISSN
1470-174X
eISSN
0307-5079
DOI
10.1080/03075079.2015.1059803
Publisher site
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Abstract

This article draws on a ‘within-subject’ design of employment of university graduates in China over two different periods, namely 2008 and 2014. This research was conducted based on semi-structured interviews and secondary data analysis with four groups of key stakeholders including universities, government agencies, labor-market intermediaries and university graduates. The ‘within-subject’ design enabled an in-depth exploration of how changes at formal and informal institutions affect the employment of university graduates in a fast-changing labor market. The results show that lack of institutional interactions, socially constructed norms that influence graduates’ perceptions and ambiguous directions of educational policies significantly affect university graduates’ employment.

Journal

Studies in Higher EducationTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 10, 2015

Keywords: China; employment; employability; labor market; institutions; university graduates; ‘within-subject’ design

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