ECER 2001 Proceedings
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Transition from higher vocational education to working life: Different pathways to working life
The major long-term goals of Finnish educational policy include that of raising levels of education. This has also been one of the starting points of a reform of vocational higher education in Finland. The legislation establishing permanent AMK institutions (polytechnics) was passed in 1995. One way to evaluate the polytechnics’ success in achieving their educational goals is an examination of how their graduates gain entry to working life and what kind of jobs they find there. The paper is a part of a research project dealing with the labour-market placement of AMK graduates with administration and business, technology and transport, and health and social services degrees immediately after the completion of their qualification (Korhonen, Mäkinen & Valkonen, 1999; 2000; 2001; Korhonen & Pesonen, 2000). The data consists of three different questionnaire surveys carried out in the relevant study fields. The findings reveal that AMK graduates have been reasonably successful in gaining entry to working life but that their ability to secure a permanent job and the nature of their tasks vary between different occupational fields and educational backgrounds.
Manning, Sabine; Dif, M'hamed (eds.). 2001. VETNET ECER 2001 proceedings: Current research in European vocational education and human resource development. Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. [Internet: http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/vet/ecer01.htm].