Youth aspirations and the future of work: a review of the literature and evidence

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Author: Gardiner, Drew; Goedhuys, Micheline


If young people are to benefit from the changing nature of the world of work, they need to be prepared, both in terms of skills attainment and level of ambition and aspiration. The aspirations of young people are essential to their human capital investment, educational choices and labour market outcomes. When realistic aspirations combine with an individual's sense of agency and a belief that change can occur through their own effort, and given the pathways and tools to support achievement, success can be the outcome. Understanding aspirations is important when developing effective...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Youth; Career development; Labour market; Outcomes; Policy

Keywords: Literature review; Aspirations; Career awareness; Career choice; Employment outcomes; Transition from education and training to employment; Data collecting; Employment policy; Policy implications; Policy formation

Published: Geneva, Switzerland: ILO, 2020

Physical description: 62 p.

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Series: ILO working paper; no. 8

ISBN: 9789220330050 (print); 9789220330043 (web pdf); 9789220330036 (epub); 9789220330029 (mobi)

ISSN: 2708-3446

Resource type: Working paper

Document number: TD/TNC 141.1084

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