The Meaning of Work During the Transition From Vocational Education and Training to Employment

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https://doi.org/10.47634/cjcp.v55i4.71206

Abstract

We investigated the meaning of work of young adults transitioning from vocational education and training to employment. Meaning of work was operationalized as the combination of work centrality and purposes. Sixty-four young adults were interviewed at the end of vocational education and training and after their integration into the labor market. Qualitative analyses indicated that the centrality of work ranged from high to low and that their work purposes were of five types: earning money, growing, structuring life, contributing to society, and socializing. Quantitative analyses showed that the meaning of work globally did not change through the transition process, and work had a higher relative centrality for men than for women. These results stress the importance of considering the variety of functions and degrees of importance young adults confer to work when entering the labor market as well as integrating the concept of work meaning within counseling research and interventions.

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Jonas Masdonati, Université de Lausanne

Jonas Masdonati is a professor of career counselling at the Institute of Psychology at Université de Lausanne in Switzerland. He is a member of the Centre de recherche en psychologie du conseil et de l’orientation, the Observatoire de l’Éducation et de la Formation, and the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Life Course Research. His research interests focus on career transitions, the meaning of work, decent work, occupational identities, and vocational education and training.

Geneviève Fournier, Université Laval

Geneviève Founier is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Practices at Université Laval in Quebec City. She is also an associate researcher at the Centre de recherche et d’intervention sur l’éducation et la vie au travail, also at Université Laval. Her research works focus on career paths, relationship to work, transitions, and development of professional identity.

Imane Z. Lahrizi, Université Laval

Imane Z. Lahrizi is a Ph.D. candidate in career counseling and guidance at Université Laval. She is a lecturer in the Department of Educational Foundations and Practices and a student researcher at the Centre de recherche et d’intervention sur l’éducation et la vie au travail, also at Université Laval. Her research interests include the relationship to work, identity, transitions, immigration, and diversity management.

Published

2022-01-18

How to Cite

Masdonati, J., Fournier, G., & Lahrizi, I. Z. (2022). The Meaning of Work During the Transition From Vocational Education and Training to Employment. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 55(4), 413–436. https://doi.org/10.47634/cjcp.v55i4.71206

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