The value of a Rhodes University degree and securing employment

Chambers, Tracy Laura (2010) The value of a Rhodes University degree and securing employment. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




In South Africa, reform policies and frameworks introduced since the 1994 democratic election have sought to bring about change to a highly ineffective and unfair system. In spite of all the changes which have occurred, however, there is evidence to suggest that the system is still not functioning as effectively as it might, given that a relatively large number of graduates remain unemployed in a country with a high skills shortage. This thesis aims to explore the experiences of graduates from one university, Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape, as they enter the job market. It does this through the administration of a first job destination survey administered at the 2009 Graduation Ceremonies held in Grahamstown. Analysis of the survey takes into account the idea that it is not a degree per se, or even a degree from a prestigious university which brings employment, but also the social, cultural and human capital that graduates can bring to their job search.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Rhodes University - Graduate students - Employment, Education, Higher - South Africa, Graduate students - Employment - South Africa, Labor supply - Effect of education on - South Africa, Economic development - Effect of education on - South Africa, Labor market - South Africa
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Rhodes Business School
Supervisors:Boughey, C.
ID Code:1875
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:20 Jan 2011 09:06
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:21
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