Fewer and Fewer Croatian Graduates Find Work in Their Field, Survey Shows

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The survey of employability of students who graduated in the academic year 2018/2019 was carried out by the Agency for Science and Higher Education, covering 16% of students who completed their studies in Croatia in 2019.

Presenting the findings earlier this week, Matko Glunčić said that 94% of the respondents remained in Croatia, while the rest had moved abroad.

The largest number of respondents, about 45%, said they believed the cause of their current unemployment was the insufficient supply of jobs in their field.

After graduation, about 42% found work in the public sector, an increase of more than 4% compared with the 2017 survey. Nearly 64% found a job in their field, compared with 78% in 2017.

The largest number of those surveyed (32%) got a job after contacting the employer, over 18% found work through the national employment bureau (HZZ), and nearly as many found a job through their family connections, friends or acquaintances. By comparison, in 2017 most respondents had found their first job with the help of the HZZ.

Slightly fewer than 40% of respondents earned between HRK 5,000 and 7,000 a month, 25% made between HRK 3,500 and 5,000, 11% earned below HRK 3,500 and slightly fewer than 6% made over HRK 10,000 a month.

The largest number of respondents graduated with an average grade of A.

Over 33% of respondents graduated in social sciences, 22% in biomedicine, 22% in health care and nearly 22% in engineering.

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