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Factors influencing graduate job choice – a systematic literature review

Divyang Purohit (Career Development and Placement Cell, Charotar University of Science and Technology , Changa, India)
Mitesh Jayswal (G.H. Patel Postgraduate Institute of Business Management, Sardar Patel University , Vallabh Vidyanagar, India)
Ashutosh Muduli (School of Petroleum Management, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University , Gandhinagar, India)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Article publication date: 21 October 2020

Issue publication date: 13 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper, systematic literature review, is twofold: to identify the factors influencing graduate job choice and to propose a theoretical model that can be useful for future research.

Design/methodology/approach

Thematic analysis of the literature available till June 2020 has been reviewed using electronic databases such as ABI/INFORM Complete, EBSCO, Emerald Insight, ProQuest, SAGE Journals, Science Direct (Elsevier), Scopus, Springer Link, Taylor and Francis Online, Wiley Online Library.

Findings

Out of more than 5,000 studies, 14 studies were found addressing the issue of career choice among graduating students. The thematic analysis result explored five themes such as internal factors, external factors, interpersonal factors, institutional factors and socio-demographic factors that can be considered critical for graduates’ career choice decision. Details of the subthemes are also identified.

Research limitations/implications

Implications for practitioners have been suggested from the internal factors, external factors, interpersonal factors, institutional factors and socio-demographic factors’ perspectives. The study result can be useful for conducting future research using quantitative data on graduate job choice.

Originality/value

This is the first attempt to present a comprehensive picture of past studies on graduate job choice and exploring the factors influencing graduate job choice.

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Citation

Purohit, D., Jayswal, M. and Muduli, A. (2021), "Factors influencing graduate job choice – a systematic literature review", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 45 No. 4/5, pp. 381-401. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-06-2020-0101

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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