Generation Y graduates and career transition: Perspectives by gender


Maxwell GA & Broadbridge A (2014) Generation Y graduates and career transition: Perspectives by gender. European Management Journal, 32 (4), pp. 547-553.

The aim of this paper is to explore, by gender, UK Generation Y graduates’ views on their career transition after graduation from under-graduate business programmes. Following a literature review, the empirical work takes the form of an on-line questionnaire with business school graduates from a post-1992 Scottish University in five recent academic sessions. Gendered nuances are found in several aspects of the respondents’ views on their career transition, including statistically significant differences in: more women continuing their student job after graduation; women being more accepting of starting after graduation in a non-graduate level job; and more women than men encountering gender discrimination in the workplace. The identified nuances and differences appear to be setting the genders on diverging career tracks as early as the transition from university, in that they seem to signal more career progress, even advantage, among the men than the women.

Generation Y; Graduates; Careers; Gender differences

European Management Journal: Volume 32, Issue 4

Publication date31/08/2014
Publication date online11/01/2014