Postgraduate students research a broad range of topics across the School disciplines.
Transition from University to Work: Dilemmas and Challenges Faced by Graduate Unemployed Youth in Shanghai, China
The aim of this PhD project is to conduct a deep, focused and qualitative study of the struggles and dilemmas of unemployed and underemployed university graduates in Shanghai
This phenomenon of unemployed graduates is quite new in China, and has been a hot topic in the Chinese press recently. Previous research has mainly concentrated on analysing the causes of the phenomenon and then trying to suggest countermeasures to solve it. There is a need to hear the unemployed graduates’ voices and to look at this phenomenon through a transition framework. I plan to do my research from the perspective of the graduates’ own experience of the transition, and to explore the challenges and struggles they are facing, and also to understand what this experience means to them.