Finding work: employment experiences of South African graduates

OUTPUT TYPE: Monograph (Book)
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2006
TITLE AUTHOR(S): P.Moleke
KEYWORDS: EMPLOYMENT, GRADUATES, JOB CREATION, JOB HUNTING, LABOUR MARKET
DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
Web link: http://www.hsrcpress.ac.za/full_title_info.asp?id=2108
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 3476

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Abstract

Complementing existing labour-market research on graduates, this study provides qualitative and quantitative data relating to graduates? experiences in the labour market. The data presented here offers a clear picture of graduate employment and includes the time it takes graduates to find employment, the factors that influence employability, the types of jobs they find, their perceptions of the relation of the level of jobs they found to their qualifications and to the sectors of employment. The report also looks at graduate unemployment, the period of unemployment and the reasons for unemployment. It reports on mobility in the South African labour market and what influences such mobility, and reviews the extent to which graduates move abroad and the reasons for deciding to move. It further investigates why the graduates surveyed chose to continue studying after obtaining their first degrees and reports on graduates? perceptions of the skills they acquired through higher education. For planners and employers, the report will inform long-term strategies aimed at developing an effective and appropriately trained workforce for South Africa. Prospective and current students will find the report?s in-depth information on the way in which the graduate labour market works both useful and relevant.