Project without external funding

Careers after Higher Education: a European Research Study (CHEERS I)


Abstract
The aim of the research project "Higher Education and Graduate Employment in Europe" was to analyse employment and work of graduates from institutions of higher education in nine European countries during the first few years after graduation. From autumn 1998 to spring 2000, about 3,000 graduates each from nine countries in the European Union (Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom), one EFTA country (Norway), one of the Central and Eastern European countries in transition (the Czech Republic) and one economi-cally advanced country outside Europe (Japan) provided information through a writ-ten questionnaire on the relationship between higher education and employment three to four years after graduation. In total, over 40,000 graduates from higher education institutions answered questions on their socio-biographical background, study paths, transition from higher education to employment, early career, links between study and employment, job satisfaction and their retrospective view on higher education. The study provided a unique opportunity to examine the extent to which the relationship between higher education and the world of work are similar or different among the Western European countries. This became more clear through the inclusion of one country each from the Central and Eastern European countries and one country outside Europe. The study also helps to understand the common elements and differences between various fields of study and occupational areas. It helps to look at current salient issues of higher education, i.e. equality, the role educational levels play, the demand for specialized or general competencies, the growing role of international mobility and of life-long education, the regional diversity in higher education. Last not least, the study allows to examine the extent to which socio-biographic backgrounds, educational experiences and achievements as well as the transition process determine early career and links between competencies and work assignments. The study was supported by the Europena Commission in the framework of the Targeted Socio-Economic Research Programme.


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