Ready, Set, Go! The School-to-Work Transition in the New Career

J. Akkermans, R. Blokker, Corine Buers, Beatrice I.J.M. Van der Heijden, Ans De Vos

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One key career transition during emerging adulthood is the school-to-work transition. As careers have become much more dynamic and complex, this particular has also become more challenging for young adults. In this chapter, the authors explain how the school-to-work transition has changed and how individual agency and structural factors can interact to lay an early foundation for sustainable career development. In line with this, the authors argue that career competencies and employability are crucial concepts for today’s school-to-work transition. Finally, they look forward to how future research might contribute to further understanding the contemporary school-to-work transition. In all, this chapter argues that an adaptive school-to-work transition is crucial as a building block for long-term sustainability of careers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYoung Adult Development at the School-to-Work Transition
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Pathways and Processes
EditorsAnne Marshall, Jennifer Symonds
PublisherThe Oxford University Press
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9780190941512
ISBN (Print)9780190941536
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

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  • Career competencies
  • Career development
  • Employability
  • School-to-work transition
  • Sustainable career


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