ERIC Number: ED404929
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Who Gets Jobs? Initial Labour Market Experiences of York Graduates. Working Paper.
Grayson, J. Paul
As part of a study which is following college graduates for 5 years, a survey of 2,264 graduates of York University (Ontario, Canada) who received B.A. degrees in 1995-96 shows that within 3 months of graduation, 54 percent of those seeking full-time employment had achieved this objective. The factors considered included background characteristics, institutional experiences, activities outside the university, potential job networks, generic skills, field of study, and grade point average. Independent of grades, academic honors, area of specialization, basic computer skills, and other factors, graduates from low-income families were less likely to be employed. Black graduates were also less likely to be employed. The findings of this survey are generally consistent with the labor market segmentation theory. Logistic regression of the single variables found the following variables had a statistically significant relationship to employment status: class (family income), ethnicity, weekly tutorial attendance, library use, participation in organized sports, having worked part-time in the final year, hours per week worked, help from professor in finding job, help from boy or girl friend in finding job, help from former employer in finding job, analytic skills, communication skills, organization skills, personal skills, basic computer skills, degree status, and departmental grouping. (Contains 18 references.) (JLS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Students, College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, Economically Disadvantaged, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Foreign Countries, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Job Skills, Minority Groups, Racial Factors, Student Adjustment, Student Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: York Univ., Toronto (Ontario). Inst. for Social Research.
Identifiers - Location: Canada