Employability of higher education graduates in Portugal: trends and challenges in the beginning of the 21ST century

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the employability of graduates and assuming an approach in which em­ployability is understood as the result of the interaction between higher education and the labour market. This interaction is framed by various factors and variables including the ones related to the characteristics of the social and economic contexts and specific policies. Drawing on statis­tical data available from Eurostat and OECD the analysis intends to highlight the main trends concerning participation in higher education and involvement of graduates in the labour market in Portugal since the year 2000, taking into account how these trends converge (or not) with the ones observable at European level. Additionally, trends are contextualised in search of possible explanations, namely related to the ongoing global crisis that started in 2008 and to the debt crisis that has contributed to the deterioration of the social and economic situation in the country.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-19
Number of pages11
JournalFórum Sociológico
Issue number31
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • higher education
  • labour market
  • Portugal
  • Mediterranean Europe

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