Prior work experience and socialization experiences of college graduates

Uzoamaka P. Anakwe (Pace University, Pleasantville, NY, USA, and)
Jeffrey H. Greenhaus (Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Publication date: 1 March 2000


This article was developed from the premise that prior work experience provides students with a competitive advantage in the job market since this experience is looked upon favorably by recruiters of college graduates for entry level positions. The article focuses on the characteristics of prior work experience and their relationship with effective socialization. Hypotheses were tested using survey data from 131 college graduates participating in a Career Development Program. The findings provide insight into the dynamics of prior work experience and effective socialization, however, they raise questions regarding the “benefits” of prior work experience.



Anakwe, U.P. and Greenhaus, J.H. (2000), "Prior work experience and socialization experiences of college graduates", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 21 No. 2, pp. 95-111.




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