After higher education, then what? Génération 2010 survey – 2013 wave


Faire des études supérieures, et après ? Enquête Génération 2010 - Interrogation 2013

After higher education, then what? Génération 2010 survey – 2013 wave

Julien Calmand, Boris Ménard, Virginie Mora

 Nef , n° 52 , 2015 , 60 p.

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What became of the 369,000 young people who left higher education in 2010, with or without a degree? 
In order to answer that question, Céreq has analysed the first three years of the working lives of the 2010 cohort of leavers, who were surveyed again in 2013. A portrait of an age cohort, professional socialisation while at university, a detailed overview of the conditions under which they entered the labour market, the changes in the jobs they have held and comparisons with the 2004 cohort of leavers: these are the main subjects of this new publication. The book provides a detailed analysis of these young people’s trajectories and sheds new light on the transition from higher education to employment.


  • 369,000 young people left higher education in 2010
  • 2 % unemployment among those with qualifications in health and social care requiring 2 or 3 years’ post-secondary education.
  • 16 % unemployment among those with a bachelor’s degree in the arts, humanities or social sciences.


Further reading: Quand l’Ecole est finie. Premiers pas dans la vie active de la génération 2010. Enquête 2013

The book presents the detailed results of the large-scale national survey carried out in the spring of 2013 among young people who left education in 2010.

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