Chasing rainbows: how many educational qualifications do young people need to acquire meaningful, ongoing work?

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Author: Chesters, Jenny; Wyn, Johanna


The increasingly complex relationship between educational qualifications and employment is an integral, yet little-explored dimension of the labour market developments that have come to be referred to as the 'gig economy'. This article explores the changing meaning and relevance of education through an analysis of young people's employment outcomes in terms of employment status, having a job in their field of study and job satisfaction. It shows that while higher levels of education do provide some protection from unemployment, the relationship is murky. A relatively large proportion of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Youth; Qualifications; Employment; Outcomes

Keywords: Relevance of education and training; Outcomes of education and training; Transition from education and training to employment; Employment status; Employment security; Job satisfaction; Education work relationship; Underemployment

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: London, England: Sage Publications, 2019

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Journal title: Journal of sociology

Journal volume: 55

Journal number: 4

Journal date: 2019

Pages: pp. 670-688

ISSN: 1440-7833, 1741-2978 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 139.205

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