A Sequence Analysis of Career Pathway of College(University) Graduates Youth in South Korea - Focus on Variation Across School Locations -

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 11:45 AM
Room: F205
Distributed Paper
Ji-Ae PARK , Department of Sociology, Jeonbuk National University, South Korea
This study intends to analyze career pathway of youth who graduated college(university) in South Korea. The aim of this paper is to show dissimilarity in transition pattern in labour market within youth by the variation across school locations. In order to analyze it, Korean Labor and Income Panel Study data collected in 1998-2009 is used. The dataset is divided by school location (Seoul & Gyeonggi, Incheon & Non-Metropolitan areas). I examine sequences of labour market statuses using explorative methods of seqence analysis and optimal matching algorithm. The main results of this study are as follows. Pattern of youth's work careers is different by firm-size and occupation. For example, youth who graduated from provincial college(university) get job in smaller firm than any other groups. And, labour market entry time is also different. For instance, youth who graduated from Gyenggi, Incheon college(university) prefer entering the labour market to applying for a job althought it is unstable job. In contrast, youth who graduated from Seoul college(university) prefer applying for a job to entering secondary labour market. In addition, level of exposure of employment instability is different. Youth who graduated from provincial college(university) have difficulties finding stable job. They face high risks of job termination. Also they expose to repeat of (re-)entry and exit labour market. Especially, it is distinct between Seoul*male group and Non-Metropolitan areas*female group. As results of this study show, we need to consider gap of career pathway within youth. And institutional support should be provided by gorup characteristic.