oa Botswana Institute of Administration & Commerce Journal - Trend in first time employment of University of Botswana graduates

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1729-1070



This study presents the opinions of a stratified sample of 542 graduates of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Botswana on their transition from higher education to employment; and the extent to which the jobs they held were appropriate to the level of education attained. The findings reveal that while the transition time between graduation and first employment was between 0 and 4 months for 34% of the graduates, 25% of them took over 54 months to secure their first jobs. The mean transition time for all the graduates was 4.6 months while they made an average of 13.5 contacts with employers before getting their first employment. The results of the analysis further showed a downward trend in the percentage of graduates whose transition times were less than 4 months over the study period. In addition the study revealed that over 72% of the graduates felt strongly that their jobs were appropriate to their level of education and relevant to the courses taken at the university.

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