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Is There a Role for Higher Education Institutions in Improving the Quality of First Employment?

Seamus McGuinness, Adele Whelan and Adele Bergin


This paper examines the potential role of higher education institutions in reducing labour market mismatch amongst new graduates. The research suggests that increasing the practical aspects of degree programmes, irrespective of the field of study, will reduce the incidence of initial mismatch. In terms of routes into the labour market, higher education work placements with the potential to develop into permanent posts and the provision of higher education job placement assistance were found to have substantial impacts in reducing the incidence of graduate mismatch. The use of private employment agencies was found to significantly heighten the risk of subsequent mismatch.

Funding statement: The research leading to these results is part of the EU-STYLE (Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe) project and has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 613256.


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