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Title
Entering the labor market : networks and networking behavior in the school-to-work transition
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Abstract
This study examines the social networks and networking behavior of students graduating from higher education and transitioning to the labor market. To obtain an in-depth understanding of graduating students’ social networks, a mixed method social network study was conducted. Network data from 12 graduating students were collected. The results showed that students seek labor market-oriented contacts with individuals in the personal, education, and work contexts. Students received more practical and job-specific support from weak ties (e.g., colleagues at internships) and more social and emotional support from strong ties (e.g., parents and fellow students). The development of a labor market-oriented network occurred spontaneously through social media channels or when students proactively connected with others at educational institutions or job events. However, not all students felt confident developing a network. In these cases, the lack of awareness of relevant network actors, and interpersonal and intrapersonal characteristics play a critical role.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Vocations and learning. - Dordrecht, 2008, currens
Vocations and Learning
Publication
Dordrecht : 2024
ISSN
1874-785X
DOI
10.1007/S12186-024-09343-4
Volume/pages
(2024) , p. 1-22
ISI
001157470100001
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Creation 15.02.2024
Last edited 11.04.2024
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