Sociology departments graduates in the labor market

Nabiulina К.А.

Russian University for Humanities, Moscow, Russia

Solodnikov V.V.

Russian University for Humanities, Moscow, Russia

Tsybikova D.G.

Cand. Sci. (Sociol.), Associate Prof., Department of Applied Sociology, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia

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Nabiulina К.А., Solodnikov V.V., Tsybikova D.G. Sociology departments graduates in the labor market. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2016. No 8. P. 81-91


Professional competence is an integral indicator that includes social, personal, professional and other special skills needed to achieve the goal in professional activity. This article compares opinions of employers and graduate sociologists about necessary professional competences for successful employment. Research results demonstrate that graduates highly appreciate their theoretical base and have some difficulties with applicating knowledge in practice. At the same time employers do not expect fully prepared professionals and focus on social and personal qualities. However these differences do not prevent graduates to feel confident in the labor market. The reasons are the quality of university education and universality of sociology, ability to apply knowledge in related professional fields.

graduates; sociologists; employers; labor market; professional competences
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