The paper addresses the issue of the transitions of graduates in the labor market. By taking the perspective of the capability approach, it aims at reflecting on the conditions that influence the graduates’ agency. To this end, the paper focuses the employers’ point of view, as they control, during the matching process, a set of conversion factors that determine the actual capability strength of a degree. On the base of in-depth interviews, the study addresses the employers’ representations, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. What emerges is a picture characterized by patterns of employment and recruitment systems which are highly differentiated, interpreted in the light of organizational variables. On this basis, we suggest some policy guidelines to guarantee best conditions for the transitions of graduates into the labor market.
Keywords: School to work transitions, graduates employability, employers’ perspective, capability approach