A winding road - professional trajectories from higher education to working life: a case study of political science and psychology graduates
2008 (English)In: Studies in Continuing Education, ISSN 0158-037X, E-ISSN 1470-126X, Vol. 30, no 3, 215-229 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This qualitative and longitudinal study focuses on graduate employment and the development of graduate employment paths. The aim of this article is to explore the present professional trajectory from higher education to working life, with particular reference to graduates from two different study programmes at Linko¨ping University in Sweden: Political Science and Psychology. More specifically, the article focuses on how graduates construe their professional trajectories in terms of their envisaged future work as senior students, and later as novice and early-career professionals with 18 and 34 months of work life experience. The results indicate that graduates’ professional identities and vision of their future work change over time. The set of categories, depicting the graduates’ vision and experiences of their professional trajectories, do not seem to follow a specific temporal and logical progression in their career. Rather, they appear in different order and at different points in time after graduation. The results, instead, endorse the discourse of lifelong learning and the need for flexibility and employability on the labour market.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routhledge, Taylor & Francis , 2008. Vol. 30, no 3, 215-229 p.
Longitudinal study, graduate employment, professional trajectory, higher education, work life
National CategorySocial Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16933DOI: 10.1080/01580370802439896OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-16933DiVA: diva2:174837