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Perception versus Reality: The Experiences of New Graduates Entering the Workplace

Warren, Nathan (2017) Perception versus Reality: The Experiences of New Graduates Entering the Workplace. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The global workplace has faced drastic changes in recent years due to various economic and social factors. From this rates of unemployment soared in many countries around the globe, Ireland being a country that was hugely impacted by this. Despite the negative factors that have been experiences over the past decade economies are starting to recover and the rates of unemployment are steadily declining. From the trouble that the globe face one thing became clear, that is the importance of third level education when entering the job market. A recent OECD study showed that unemployment rates were significantly lower for third level graduates than that of those who didn’t achieve a higher second level education (4.9% compared to 12.4%) (OECD, 2016). A reason for this may be because higher education “promotes more efficient decision- making processes related to the labour market through the acquisition of information that has a positive impact on occupational choices” (Vila, et al., 2007).

From this revelation, numerous studies have been conducted, this one included, which focus on various areas of graduates in the labour market. The focus area of this study is one that has not yet been conducted in an Irish context. The analysation of graduate’s perceptions of the workplace versus the realities that they face is a broad area which can present some interesting results for both current students who will be graduating in the coming years but also those employers who will be taking those graduates in to their companies and developing their careers.

An employer must ensure that they are providing a comprehensive level of job satisfaction for graduates and achieving a good standard in meeting the expectations that are set out by graduates when entering in to the workplace, if an employer does not successfully meet these expectations it can influence a graduate’s job satisfaction and affect their commitment to an organisation (Jusof, et al., 2011).

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Classes of Labour > Graduate Employment
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2017 16:42
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2017 16:42
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2809

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