This research outlines the results of a study which investigates the perceptions of graduates regarding workplace expectations. A literature study provides atheoretical foundation which explains the nature of graduates' workplaceexpectations. An empirical survey was conducted, using a self-administered questionnaire, which was completed by prospective graduates at two tertiary institutions. This sample was selected in terms of the proposed restructuring of higher education institutions. Eleven null-hypotheses, investigating relationshipsbetween the dependent and independent variables, are tested by means of specificstatistical methods, such as
analysis of variance
The results showed do not showed much differences between workplaceexpectations of graduates
and classification data
. Specific guidelines are provided to ensure the creation of more realistic graduate expectations before entering the workplace.