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Graduate Work: Skills, Credentials, Careers, and Labour Markets

Gerbrand Tholen


The expansion of higher education (HE) has been one of the most important changes to affect Western labour markets. More than a third of all British workers are now degree holders. The graduate labour market is often understood as that part of the labour market characterized by high skills and high knowledge intensity and required in an increasingly complex economy. HE is presumed to be the developer of these advanced skills. Yet with the graduatization of the workforce come growing concerns about as well as misunderstanding of what jobs graduates occupy, how they utilize their skills, and edu ... More

Keywords: graduate work, recruitment and selection, graduate occupations, skills, careers, graduate labour market, scientists, software engineers, financial analysts, press officers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198744481
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198744481.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerbrand Tholen, author
Senior Lecturer in Sociology, City,University of London