Smooth Path or Long and Winding Road?: How Institutions Shape the Transition From Higher Education to Work

The book uses a comparative study of Germany and Britain to reveal how national institutions shape the labor market careers of higher education graduates. It identifies four institutional spheres that are important: the structure of higher education systems, the content of study, the structure of graduate labor markets, and labor market flexibility. Due to country differences in these institutional aspects, the transition from higher education to work in Germany follows a smooth path, while in Britain it is more comparable to a long and winding road.