This article draws on the first two years of a longitudinal study of young people’s pathway and career-related experiences and perspectives. It argues for a richer conceptualisation of young people’s transition to study, training and employment than allowed by simple school-to-labour market models.
We present four clusters of young people’s interview narratives
- the Hopeful Reactors
- the Passion Honers
- the Anxious Seekers and
- the Confident Explorers
and examine the way that each differently splices together elements of security and exploration in their trajectories.
We suggest a focus on the dual ‘production’ of identity and career to augment analyses of transition and career development for young people.
The full journal article published in:
Journal of Education and Work (formerly British Journal of Education and Work), 20 (2), 91-106, 2007