Qualified, motivated and well-educated specialists are necessary for development of all spheres in Kazakhstan. According to the state programs, Kazakhstan has the clear aim to be one of the most 50 competitive countries in the world. In this context, the education and job match between graduates who have the clear career goals, play the important role in improving the level of economic, social and political situation in the country. In this post I will describe the importance of my thesis theme – education-job mismatch among recent graduates.
The study of reasons and factors which affect on the education-job mismatch of recent graduates is not completely explored yet in Kazakhstan. Generally, some international quantitative studies were conducted, but none of them are investigated the real qualitative evidence about changing the occupation of graduates.
The quality of higher education of Kazakhstan rapidly declined which became an important issue from 1991 due to the private direction of higher education. This problem directly influence on occupations of graduates because universities prepared students for professions considered as popular and trendy such as economics, law, accounting. As the result, the market was crowded by unqualified specialists who faced serious problems, including education-job mismatch and this problem is existing in Kazakhstan until now.
The purpose of this study is to explore the reasons and factors of mismatch between education (field of study) and current job positions of graduates from different fields of study.
The qualitative study with narrative approach will be implemented in this study. The one-on-one interviews of six young specialists with different majors will explore the reasons and factors which influence on education – job mismatch.
This findings and results of research paper will beneficial for following stakeholders: the state policy, students, parents and higher education institutions. By analyzing the factors and reasons of education-job mismatch from perspective of field of study, it is hoped to (1) explore the reasons and factors of mismatch between job and study field of graduates; (2) highlight the specific opinions about the value of higher education major of graduates.
Kazakhstan needs a qualified and motivated specialists in order to be competitive. Hence, the issue of education-job among recent graduates is crucial and this theme should be explored. I hope this study will contribute the deeper understanding of education-job mismatch of Kazakhstani graduates through their personal stories.
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