Job and employment insecurity in early careers : investigating the vocational education premium

Helbling, Laura Alexandra. Job and employment insecurity in early careers : investigating the vocational education premium. 2016, Doctoral Thesis, University of Basel, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Official URL: http://edoc.unibas.ch/diss/DissB_12006

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As school-to-work transitions are highly institutionalised for young people in countries with well-established vocational education and training (VET) systems, comparatively smooth transitions to work and hence low youth unemployment have become the hallmark of VET. Tertiarisation, globalisation and increased macro-economic uncertainties as well as shifts towards a more knowledge-intensive economy and educational expansion, however, pose new challenges for VET. Based on data from the unique, longitudinal survey TREE (Transitions from Education to Employment) that follows school-to-work transitions of pupils who participated in PISA 2000, this dissertation sheds light on early job and employment insecurities and their lasting effects for the careers of VET graduates in Switzerland. Five research articles form the main pillars of this dissertation.
Empirical results highlight the sheltering impact of vocational education on early job insecurity. In case VET graduates happen to experience early unemployment and initial fixed-term employment, however, they face long-term career hampering consequences. Further, institutionalised pathways to work along occupational lines constrain occupational mobility for VET graduates. Results indicate that graduates from initial vocational education strongly depend on good job opportunities in their occupational segment of training as they otherwise lack a pathway to qualified employment.
In addition, the last empirical investigation focuses on differential effects of subjective and objective job insecurity on life-satisfaction trajectories across educational categories.
Advisors:Bergman, Manfred Max and Kanji, Shireen
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Soziologie > Sozialforschung und Methodologie (Bergman)
UniBasel Contributors:Helbling, Laura Alexandra and Bergman, Manfred Max and Kanji, Shireen
Item Type:Thesis
Thesis Subtype:Doctoral Thesis
Thesis no:12006
Thesis status:Complete
Number of Pages:1 Online-Ressource (iii, 236 Seiten)
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