The transition into working like of first degree and master graduates: paradoxical effects of the feminization of higher education in times of uncertainty

  • Mariana Gaio Alves UIDEF, IE UL, Lisboa, Portugal
  • César Morais CICS.NOVA, FCSH-UNL, Lisboa, Portugal
Keywords: higher education, transition to work, sex


Female overrepresentation among higher education students with better school outcomes and higher academic levels coexists with marked differences in the transition to work of male and female graduates, often in disfavor of female. Based on the analysis of quantitative data regarding the graduates of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa between 2010 and 2015, it is evident that the professional paths of men and women have evolved differently in the recent scenario of job and economic uncertainty, with particularly marked asymmetries among first degree graduates compared to master graduates.