Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

School

School of Business/Centre for Innovative Practice

RAS ID

18135

Comments

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Higher Education, on 16 Apr 2014: Jackson D., Michelson G. (2014). Factors influencing the employment of Australian PhD graduates. Studies in Higher Education. Original article available here


Abstract

It has long been argued in many Western countries that having a highly skilled workforce is crucial to innovation and national competitiveness. Ensuring the employment of the most highly educated members of a country's population is integral to helping achieve such economic outcomes. Therefore, the objective of this study is to identify the major factors that account for the initial full-time employment of Australian-trained PhD graduates. It draws on a national survey conducted in 2011 (n = 2761) and 2012 (n = 3181) of PhD graduates in Australia across all major disciplines four to six months after conferral of their degree. The findings reveal that previous work experience; attendance at a research-intensive university; completing one's degree off campus; part-time status; the use of certain job search strategies and access to research culture and networking opportunities; as well as certain demographic characteristics influence initial post-graduation job attainment. Implications of the findings are discussed.

DOI

10.1080/03075079.2014.899344

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