Educated minorities catch up

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24 May 2007, HAARLEM - The new generation of highly educated people of ethnic background is faring well on the labour market. They do have a difficult start however.

24 May 2007

HAARLEM  - The new generation of highly educated people of ethnic background is faring well on the labour market. They do have a difficult start however.

They often start in jobs that are underpaid and below their ability immediately after graduation from a university of professional education (HBO) or academic university programme (WO).  But after five to ten years of work experience there is little difference discernible between them and their native Dutch peers on the labour market.

This emerged from a study published in Thursday’s edition of Intermediair. Graduates of higher education from a minority background are twice as likely to be unemployed, and are more often employed below their ability once they do find a job.

The study said this difficult start could partly be attributed to the job seeking behaviour of the graduates themselves and a lack of familiarity with business mores. Oftentimes they also lack a well developed network of contacts.

The older generation of highly educated ethnic minorities is failing to catch up after this difficult start. Even after ten years of work experience they are still being paid considerably less than their native Dutch peers.

The new generation however is managing to catch up within a few years. They are ambitious and self-confident, according to the study. They also follow extra training, for instance, even if they have to finance it themselves and complete it on their own time.  In accepting a new job they are primarily interested in the salary, training opportunities and career prospects.

The study was based on career information from 1,200 ethnic minority graduates and 30,000 native Dutch graduates.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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