From dreams to reality: market forces and changes from occupational intention to occupational choice

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Author: Jaik, Katharina; Wolter, Stefan C.


This study empirically investigates whether the relationship between the fraction of filled apprenticeships in a particular occupation in the past and the fraction of prospective apprentices having very early intentions to train in this occupation has an impact on the changes from occupational intention to actual choice of occupation. We use a unique dataset from Switzerland containing detailed information on students' very early occupational 'dreams' (ages 13-14) - before they undergo an intensive career counseling - and combine it with information on their ultimate choice of occupation...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Youth; Students; Career development; Vocational education and training; Apprenticeship; Labour market; Employment

Keywords: Aspirations; Career choice; Career counselling; Decision making; Transition from education and training to employment; Statistical analysis

Geographic subjects: Switzerland; Europe

Published: Zurich, Switzerland: Swiss Leading House on Economics of Education, Firm Behavior and Training Policies, 2018

Physical description: 13 p. (May 2018 version) + 24 p. (October 2018 version)

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Resource type: Working paper

Call number: TD/TNC 134.744

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