Getting to work: insights about the transition from education to employment from the Life Chances Study, Stage 11

Low socioeconomic status Socio-economic disadvantage Employment Transition to work

This report from Stage 11 of the longitudinal Life Chances Study considers the impacts of advantage and disadvantage on young adults’ transitions from education to regular or satisfactory employment. We explore how 37 of the young adults, interviewed in their mid-twenties, made sense of their experiences of education and work, and how their opportunities shaped their perspectives.

The interviews showed that the impacts of changes in the labour market and in post-compulsory education on young adults are uneven, often reflecting socioeconomic circumstances. Policy changes that would help to even up the odds include relevant career guidance and an integrated national employment strategy.

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