First Job Waiting Times after College Graduation Based on the Graduates Occupational Mobility Survey in Korea

Lee, Sungim;Moon, Jeounghoon

  • Received : 2012.03.13
  • Accepted : 2012.11.12
  • Published : 2012.12.31


Each year research institutions such as the Korea Employment Information Service(KEIS), a government institution established for the advancement of employment support services, and Job Korea, a popular Korean job website, announce first job waiting times after college graduation. This provides useful information understand and resolve youth unemployment problems. However, previous reports deal with the time as a completely observed one and are not appropriate. This paper proposes a new study on first job waiting times after college graduation set to 4 months prior to graduation. In Korea, most college students hunt for jobs before college graduation in addition, the full-fledged job markets also open before graduation. In this case the exact waiting time of college graduates can be right-censored. We apply a Cox proportional hazards model to evaluate the associations between first job waiting times and risk factors. A real example is based on the 2008 Graduates Occupational Mobility Survey(GOMS).


The time to get first job after graduation of college;variable selection;Cox's Proportional Hazard model;survival analysis


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