Vocational College Graduates’ Employability in China — A Case Study Based on Graduates From a Vocational Teaching Program in Hunan


In 2019, the State Council issued Reform Plan for China’s vocational education. It symbolized that vocational education in China has entered a new stage. This paper aims to investigate the employability of vocational colleges graduates from the perspectives of the graduates. The research conducted open-end interviews with with 10 graduates who have one to five working experiences from two vocational colleges in Yueyang City, Hunan Province. Based upon the analysis of interview record, the research found main five themes: diploma influence, family influence, personal interests, professional knowledge and skills and transferable skills to describe their employability and what influence their employability. As the most important shareholders in vocational education, graduates’ perspectives could give some implications for further educational reform.

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Gaojie Li, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Conference: ACE2020
Stream: Professional Training

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