Graduate employment in the knowledge society: Norwegian mastergrade-level graduates16 apr 2012
NIFU Working paper 2011. In Norway, as in most other countries, even most educational researchers and politicians agrees that knowledge worker jobs will be plentiful in the new knowledge economy and that new graduates from higher education not will have large problems in finding relevant employment in spite of their increasing numbers, there is still some disagreement about this. In Norway, the development on the graduate labour market is monitored by NIFU using graduate-surveys. According to the surveys, most graduates still find “relevant employment” after graduation. In this article we have explored the content of “relevant employment” by looking at various indicators for the skill level for those graduates who are in “relevant employment”; economic activity, sector, wages, and information-related work. This has been analysed for four fields of study; humanities, law, economics and science&technology, and by comparing the 1989/91- cohorts with the 2005/07-cohorts.