Young people’s aspirations for education, work, family and leisure

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Title Young people’s aspirations for education, work, family and leisure
Author McDonald, Paula; Pini, Barbara; Bailey, Janis Mary; Price, Robin
Journal Name Work, Employment and Society
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract Young people are arguably facing more ‘complex and contested’ transitions to adulthood and an increasing array of ‘non-linear’ paths. Education and training have been extended, identity is increasingly shaped through leisure and consumerism and youth must navigate their life trajectories in highly individualised ways. The study utilises 819 short essays compiled by students aged 14–16 years from 19 schools in Australia. It examines how young people understand their own unique positions and the possibilities open to them through their aspirations and future orientations to employment and family life. These young people do not anticipate postponing work identities, but rather embrace post-school options such as gaining qualifications, work experience and achieving financial security. Boys expected a distant involvement in family life secondary to participation in paid work. In contrast, around half the girls simultaneously expected a future involving primary care-giving and an autonomous, independent career, suggesting attempts to remake gendered inequalities.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 25
Issue Number 1
Page from 68
Page to 84
ISSN 0950-0170
Date Accessioned 2012-01-13; 2012-02-14T04:05:45Z
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Industrial Relations
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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