First Advisor

Maura Kelly

Term of Graduation

Spring 2020

Date of Publication

7-28-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociology

Department

Sociology

Language

English

Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 30 pages)

Abstract

This paper examines graduate jobs/skills mismatch in craft occupations, through semi-structured interviews with college-educated baristas working in local and craft coffee shops in Portland, Oregon. This paper asks why college educated people work in such a role as it represents an interesting example of job/skills mismatch. Findings suggest that some see it as a good stop-gap on the way to something else, while others hope to use the skills they learned in studying for their degree to forge a career in the coffee industry. A desire to use these degree-relevant skills is prevalent throughout the sample, however many are still working out how to find a job that allows them to do so. This research adds to the existing literature by examining "craft" jobs as inhabited specifically by college graduates who are overqualified for such positions.

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https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/33647

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