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School-to-Work Transitions

Research on school-to-work transitions focuses on the relationship between educational qualifications and occupational outcomes of secondary and tertiary graduates. The strength and variation of this linkage is complicated by a number of factors and varies substantially across educational systems, programs, levels of education, and cross-nationally. Some individuals successfully transition from the education system into the workforce, while others experience longer bouts of unemployment, enter less secure, part-time employment, and have lower incomes or earnings. Job candidates who possess the knowledge, competencies, or credentials sought by employers are most likely to make a smooth transition into the workforce. In some countries, education is valued because it signals a vocational competency to employers. In other countries, education may indicate that individuals can commit, see things through, and ...

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