Graduates' evaluations of usefulness of university education, and early career success - a longitudinal study of the transition to working life

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Tuononen , T , Parpala , A & Lindblom-Ylänne , S 2019 , ' Graduates' evaluations of usefulness of university education, and early career success - a longitudinal study of the transition to working life ' , Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education , vol. 44 , no. 4 , pp. 581-595 . https://doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2018.1524000

Title: Graduates' evaluations of usefulness of university education, and early career success - a longitudinal study of the transition to working life
Author: Tuononen, Tarja; Parpala, Anna; Lindblom-Ylänne, Sari
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2019-05-19
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
ISSN: 0260-2938
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/301422
Abstract: A successful transition from university to working life requires that graduates are able to employ their education and academic competences in real working-life contexts. Our previous research showed that graduates varied in how they were able to reflect on their competences at the time of graduation. The present longitudinal mixed-method study follows the same graduates and explores their evaluations of the usefulness of university education and career success, three years after graduation. The follow-up data consisted of 57 graduates' survey answers analysed by quantitative and qualitative methods. The results showed that graduates who were able to describe and evaluate more competences at the time of graduation perceived their current jobs to correspond more to their education. Graduates with more limited evaluations of their competences, on the other hand, had experienced more challenges related to employment and were more uncertain of their goals. The results also showed that having diverse competences and an ability to recognise them at the time of graduation is important for later career success and may also be related to what kind of challenges graduates face in working life.
Subject: Academic competences
career success
mixed-method
longitudinal study
LEARNING-ENVIRONMENT
LABOR-MARKET
STUDENTS PERCEPTIONS
ACADEMIC OUTCOMES
COMPETENCES
EMPLOYABILITY
IMPACT
516 Educational sciences
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