Characterization of Young Graduates Perceiving Underemployment: Assessment of Well-Being and Discomfort Associated with this Perception

Juan Gabriel Ocampo Palacio, Viviola Gómez Ortiz

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Subjective underemployment is a condition wherein individuals perceive a discrepancy between the work assigned to them and their academic level, work experience, skills, and knowledge. The literature on underemployment has shown an association between this condition and the decrease in job satisfaction, psychological well-being, and health aspects that deteriorate an employees’ quality of life. This article is the first approach to research the subjective underemployment in young graduates in Colombia. The study was cross-sectional, correlational, and comparative, involving the participation of 142 undergraduate students who graduated between 2011 and 2014 from Bogotá’s universities. Descriptive analyses, correlations, ANOVA, and ANCOVA were used for data analysis purposes. The results showed that, as the perception of subjective underemployment increased, job satisfaction and general life satisfaction decreased. Significant differences were found in the indicators of job satisfaction and general life satisfaction among those who perceive underemployment and those who do not. Finally, subjective underemployment and its potential role in the deterioration of the health and well-being of employees are discussed.
Translated title of the contributionCaracterización de jóvenes egresados que perciben subempleo: evaluación del bienestar y el malestar asociado a esta percepción
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages27
StateSubmitted - Jun 6 2019

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