Who are the job seekers? explaining unemployment among doctoral recipients

Yerkes, Mara, van de Schoot, Rens and Sonneveld, Hans (2012) Who are the job seekers? explaining unemployment among doctoral recipients. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 7 153-166.

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Author Yerkes, Mara
van de Schoot, Rens
Sonneveld, Hans
Title Who are the job seekers? explaining unemployment among doctoral recipients
Journal name International Journal of Doctoral Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1556-8881
Publication date 2012-01-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 7
Start page 153
End page 166
Total pages 14
Place of publication Santa Rosa, CA, United States
Publisher Informing Science Institute
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Despite increased attention for doctoral education in recent years, one particular phenomenon has received little attention—the unemployment of doctoral candidates following graduation. While the unemployment of doctoral recipients is relatively low in comparison to the general popula-tion, the absence of empirical studies means possible important patterns are being overlooked. Using survey data from four universities in the Netherlands, we investigate unemployment among recent doctoral graduates. By comparing the job seekers to employed doctoral recipients and fo-cusing on both structural and individual level variables, including demographic characteristics, previous research experience, job seeking activities, and differences in the PhD trajectory, we are able to discern a number of shared characteristics among the job seekers. Our findings suggest that unemployment among doctoral candidates is not random or evenly distributed. In contrast to the general population, where socio structural characteristics such as educational level and gender are integral in explaining unemployment, within this level of educational attainment primarily individual level factors are more salient in explaining unemployment among this group of job seekers.
Keyword Academic performance
Job seekers
Doctoral education
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