ERIC Number: ED447250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Transition from College to Work. Indicator of the Month.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Attaining a bachelor's degree is one measure of the skills learned through college attendance, but in recent years, concern about the difficulties encountered by recent graduates in making the transition from college to work has grown. Data gathered by the National Center for Education Statistics for April 1994 showed the following: (1) two-thirds of recent college graduates were employed full time and not enrolled in postsecondary education, whereas 9 percent were employed part time and not enrolled; (2) 76 percent of those who worked full time and were not enrolled in postsecondary education had jobs with career potential; (3) although about three-fourths of recent graduates who were working full time and not enrolled in postsecondary education reported their jobs were related to their field of study, only 60 percent said a college degree was required to get their job; (4) there were no measurable differences among the percentages of recent graduates who were unemployed by field of study; and (5) females who majored in seven fields of study (business and management, public affairs and social services, biological sciences, mathematics and science, social sciences, humanities, and "other" majors) were more likely than males to work in the traditionally female occupations of administrative and clerical support. (KC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.