Graduate employability during the COVID-19 pandemic

Okay-Somerville, B. , Luchinskaya, D., Anderson, P., Hurrell, S. and Scholarios, D. (2022) Graduate employability during the COVID-19 pandemic. In: Broadley, T., Cai, Y., Firth, M., Hunt, E. and Neugebauer, J. (eds.) SAGE Handbook of Graduate Employability. SAGE. (Accepted for Publication)

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This chapter aims to understand the social and educational inequalities influencing graduate employability and the relevance of career agency during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing on survey data (N=502) from the 2020 cohort of graduates from institutions in the City of Glasgow, we aim to understand objective (i.e., employment status and salary) and subjective (i.e., job satisfaction and perceived employability) employability based on social and educational background, and career competencies. Controlling for known correlates of graduate employability, findings identify arts and humanities graduates, alongside those with long-term health problems, as potentially vulnerable groups. The study confirms the heightened relevance of career competencies for navigating uncertain and ambiguous labour markets. We conclude by presenting recommendations for strategies relevant for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Graduates, employability, COVID-19 pandemic, social disadvantage, social background, educational background, career competencies
Status:Accepted for Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hurrell, Dr Scott and Okay-Somerville, Dr Belgin
Authors: Okay-Somerville, B., Luchinskaya, D., Anderson, P., Hurrell, S., and Scholarios, D.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Research Group:HMR/OB

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