Biennial EARLI Conference 2015 edition:16th location:Limassol, Cyprus date:24-29 August 2015
It has been well established that the level of initial education of graduates is an important predictor for graduates’ success on the labour market. Prior research has shown that higher education graduates have a higher likelihood of getting and maintaining a job. From a learning perspective, research has consistently shown that this group of graduates engages considerably more in work-related learning in comparison with their lower qualified peers. However, it seems that research on the factors within education that promote a smooth transition from higher education to work is scarce. In other words, we know that students benefit from higher education, but it remains unclear why.
In the first part of the symposium, a short introduction will be provided on the current state of the art of the research investigating factors within higher education that foster a smooth transition. This presentation about the state of the art is based on a wide systematic search of the literature, starting with over 20.000 unique search results (including all levels and types of education). For this introduction, key references about factors within higher education that promote the transition and future development will be discussed in order to present the audience with a current state of the art of the topic.