A Time of Change: Graduates' experiences' of the transition from higher education to working life
2004 (English)In: The Positioning of Education in Contemporary Knowledge Society, Reykjavik: Iceland University of Education , 2004, 63-63 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
The transition from higher education to work is a period of significant change for the individual that will affect many parts of the new graduate's life and is also important from an organisational perspective. Our intention is to empirically investigate the processes that are taking place during this period of change. Specifically, the aim of this study is to explore how 24 recently graduated physicians and 24 civil engineers, from different universities in Sweden, perceive the transition from higher education to work and the first period at work. The interviews concerned the graduates' experiences and understandings. They were asked to talk about how they perceived and would like to characterise the transition, how they view their education retrospectively in relation to their present work, and notions of the encounter. In the qualitative analysis of the material we strived to find variation in the physicians' and the engineers' respective experiences in order to reach an understanding of what the transitional process means to the graduates and what the complexity in the transitional process entails for the graduate. This period is mainly characterised by learning how to tackle new situations that occur and to survive the every day work.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Reykjavik: Iceland University of Education , 2004. 63-63 p.
, Nordic Educational Research Association, 32nd Congress
Higher education, work, transition, physicians, engineers
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20871OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-20871DiVA: diva2:236649