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Negotiating Uncertain Economic Times: Youth Employment Strategies in England

Hoskins, B; Leonard, P; Wilde, RJ; (2018) Negotiating Uncertain Economic Times: Youth Employment Strategies in England. British Educational Research Journal , 44 (1) pp. 61-79. 10.1002/berj.3318. Green open access

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Higher education is commonly understood as the gateway to better, higher-paying jobs. This article draws on longitudinal survey and interview data to explore how different groups of young people, those who left school at 18 and those graduating from higher education, negotiated pathways into employment or otherwise during the recent economic recessionary climate in England. While a mix of employment and unemployment featured in both groups, with temporary and unstable contracts more common than skilled and secure jobs, our evidence reveals that those with degrees were less likely to be in work at the ages of 22 to 23 than those who left school to enter employment at 18. In some contradistinction to popular discourses on the employability benefits of higher education therefore, entering paid work at 18 was a more effective strategy for being in employment five years later than proceeding into higher education.

Type: Article
Title: Negotiating Uncertain Economic Times: Youth Employment Strategies in England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/berj.3318
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/berj.3318
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2017 The Authors. British Educational Research Journal published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Educational Research Association. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licensev(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Employment; transitions; mixed methods; higher education
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10037601
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