The STEM Graduate: Immediately after Graduation, Men and Women Already Differ in Job Outcomes, Attributions for Success, and Desired Job Characteristics

Katarzyna Jasko , Joanna Pyrkosz-Pacyna , Gabriela Czarnek , Karolina Dukała , Marta Szastok


We examined the job outcomes of men and women who recently graduated from the same STEM majors in Poland (N = 8,082). The results demonstrated that women experienced more difficulties in finding a job, received fewer job offers, were less likely to find a job consistent with their education, and earned less money than men. Additionally, we examined the attributions that men and women made for their professional success and the characteristics that they sought in potential jobs. In comparison to men, women were less likely to attribute their success to stereotypically male characteristics and more likely to attribute their success to stereotypically female characteristics. Moreover, women were less likely than men to perceive agency-affording job characteristics (e.g., salary) as decisive features when making a decision about a job. The findings suggest that despite having the same educational background, the professional situations of male and female graduates differ.
Author Katarzyna Jasko
Katarzyna Jasko,,
, Joanna Pyrkosz-Pacyna
Joanna Pyrkosz-Pacyna,,
, Gabriela Czarnek
Gabriela Czarnek,,
, Karolina Dukała (Wydział Psychologii w Katowicach)
Karolina Dukała,,
- Wydział Psychologii w Katowicach
, Marta Szastok (Wydział Psychologii w Katowicach)
Marta Szastok,,
- Wydział Psychologii w Katowicach
Journal seriesJournal of Social Issues, ISSN 0022-4537, e-ISSN 1540-4560, (N/A 140 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets1.5
ASJC Classification3300 General Social Sciences
Languageen angielski
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oświadczenie M. Szastok.pdf 42.64 KB
Score (nominal)140
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.351; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.225 (2) - 2017=3.261 (5)
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