2,407 undergraduates from six universities in Taiwan were surveyed in this research. Results showed that female undergraduates perceived a greater need than their male counterparts did to prepare for the future labor market, suggesting that female undergraduates may experience greater employment pressure than male undergraduates. The results of the SEM model demonstrated that undergraduates’ perceptions of the labor market situation influenced their credential valuation and their strategies to prepare for the labor market. By increasing students’ awareness of the currently congested graduate labor market may provide an incentive for them to apply strategies to cope with this market and to make good use of universities’ resources in preparing for a job. Furthermore, contemporary undergraduates are different from traditional undergraduates because they face greater pressure in obtaining secure jobs that signal independence from their families.
Chih-chun Wu, National Chi Nan University, Taiwan
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