This research report is based on interviews with 29 of the 401 young people in the larger Competent Learners @ 20 report. That study
found that many young people have a relatively smooth transition from school to tertiary education. This report focuses on those who experienced a more problematic transition. Some of the students had left school early, while other had experienced unemployment or had become mothers.
This report marks the latest stage in the longitudinal study Competent Learners, which began in 1993. It looks at the pathways taken by 401 of the study participants as they left school and moved into further study, work or other options. It explores the role of school experiences and performance play and looks at what the young people are gaining from current study and employment.