n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Transition from graduation to employment : a qualitative exploration of Sport Management graduates' experiences : human resource issues in sport

Volume 18 Number sup-1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The transition from graduation to employment has received increased research attention in recent years. Research in this area has been approached from different disciplines and theoretical frameworks. Among the different theoretical frameworks used to explore the transition of graduates into the labour market are labour mobility, job search and job competition. Students, regardless of their area of study usually have certain expectations concerning their careers. Using a qualitative approach, the current study explored the experiences of sport management graduates from graduation to employment through in-depth interviews. The sample comprised ten sport management graduates who were recruited using the following criteria: a) they were in full time employment, and b) they obtained their qualification during the past six years. In order to ensure standardisation all interviews were conducted by the principal researcher. Content analysis of the data was conducted using an iterative and recursive process which involved listening, reading and summarizing the raw data the interview transcripts were inductively analyzed for meaningful units. Narratives were taken directly from the transcripts to capture the key thoughts or concepts associated with the themes which emerged. Reliability was ascertained using member validation. An examination of the transcripts revealed five underlying themes which enlightened the study on sport management graduates' experiences of transition from graduation to employment. These themes were , and . It was concluded that the experience gained through internship and the database of possible employers greatly enhanced the employability of sport management graduates.

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