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What is a graduate job? A head-to-head on graduate job classifications

Date: 9th November 2016

Time: 12.30-17.30, Lunch and refreshments provided

Venue: Wolfson Research Exchange Seminar Rooms 1 and 2, University of Warwick


Please see Seminar outputs for speakers' presentations and a summary of the seminar discussion. You can leave any feedback about the event using the anonymous feedback form.


The increase in the proportion of graduates working outside traditional areas of graduate employment, changes in technology and the labour market, and the shift in the definitions of skill towards encompassing interpersonal abilities, have redefined the concept of ‘graduate’ jobs. Two leading graduate job classifications are the Purcell and Elias (2013) and the Green and Henseke (2014) approaches – but how do they differ? This seminar provides a unique opportunity for expert discussion of the developments in graduate job classifications and their contributions to understanding the recent changes in the graduate labour market.

Seminar poster


Professor Kate Purcell and Professor Peter Elias, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick

Professor Francis Green and Dr Golo Henseke, LLAKES and the Centre for Global and Higher Education, Institute of Education, University College London

Keynote: Dr Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Education Intelligence, Graduate Prospects


12.30 – 13.30 Registration and lunch
13.30 – 13.40 Introduction
13.40 – 14.40 Presentation of the Purcell and Elias (2013) and the Green and Henseke (2014) classifications (30 mins each)
14.40 – 14.50 Break
14.50 – 15.50 Discussion and evaluation of the classifications
15.50 – 16.10 Refreshments
16.10 – 17.00 Keynote address & discussion: Taking stock and setting the research agenda
17.00 – 17.30 Wine reception

Getting there

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Wolfson Research Exchange is on the 3rd floor of the Library building, outlined in red on the map below.


This expert seminar is free to attend but places are limited. Registration is now closed.

Contact Daria Luchinskaya at d dot luchinskaya at warwick dot ac dot uk for any queries or further information.

This event is generously funded by the Institute of Advanced Study, the Faculty of Social Sciences Research Forum, and the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick.