Generation Y graduates and career transition: perspectives by gender

Gill Maxwell, Adelina Broadbridge

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    Abstract

    The aim of this paper is to explore, by gender, UK Generation Y graduates’ views on their career transition after graduation from under-graduate business programmes. Following a literature review, the empirical work takes the form of an on-line questionnaire with business school graduates from a post-1992 Scottish University in five recent academic sessions. Gendered nuances are found in several aspects of the respondents’ views on their career transition, including statistically significant differences in: more women continuing their student job after graduation; women being more accepting of starting after graduation in a non-graduate level job; and more women than men encountering gender discrimination in the workplace. The identified nuances and differences appear to be setting the genders on diverging career tracks as early as the transition from university, in that they seem to signal more career progress, even advantage, among the men than the women.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)547-553
    Number of pages7
    JournalEuropean Management Journal
    Volume32
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014

    Keywords

    • Generation Y
    • graduates
    • careers
    • gender imbalance
    • employability

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