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OLIVEIRA, Marina Cardoso de; DETOMINI, Vitor Corrêa  and  MELO-SILVA, Lucy Leal. University-to-work transition: expectations of university graduates. Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2013, vol.19, n.3, pp. 497-518. ISSN 1677-1168.

This study's aim is to describe the expectations of undergraduate students concerning the definition of success on the transition from the university to work as well the factor or factors contributing to this process. The sample was composed of 46 students studying in the last year/ period of the undergraduate courses in Psychology (N= 21) and Administration (N= 25). A questionnaire containing socio-educational data and three open-ended questions concerning the successful transition from the university to work was applied as an instrument. The data was analyzed using content analysis. In general, the results indicate that the students use both objective and subjective criteria to define success in this transition, although the objective criteria of success outweighed the subjective. Further, graduates attribute success in the transition being due to both individual characteristics and their social, educational and political context

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