PUEB research projects 2018-2020

School-to-Work Transition in a Comparative Perspective


Source of funding: National Science Centre, Poland
Funding Scheme: HARMONIA 10
Project ID number: 2018/30/M/HS4/00744
Start date: 02.09.2019
Finish date: 01.09.2021
Amount of funding: 333 620 zł

General description:
School-to-work transition (SWT) can be defined as a period lasting from few months to few years between graduating from formal education and the beginning of stable employment. This period is characterized by high labour market and employment mobility. During the SWT phase we frequently change jobs, lose jobs, get promotions. We also take important life decisions, about leaving the family house, moving abroad, starting own family. The smoothness of the SWT influences our entire life. We can easily imagine that the problems with finding a decent job at the beginning of the professional career will have negative consequences for our entire professional life. 

From this reason scientists carefully investigate the conditions of SWT since the knowledge how to improve the labour market entry process will help to avoid future problems. In this research we deal with few aspects of SWT. Firstly, we try to design new measures of SWT allowing to capture its dynamics and complexity. Secondly, we focus on some consequences of early job insecurity, e.g. how the problems with employment influence transitions into parenthood or how the employers, reading job applications, perceive the frequent job changes of candidates. Finally, we try to understand what models of SWT transition represent post-socialist countries.

Principal Investigator:

Department of Labour and Social Policy




International Partners


Universitat de Girona, Spain
OsloMet (Oslo Metropolitan University), Norway
Masarykova univerzita (Masaryk University), Czech Republic
Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece
Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Bugarian Acadamy of Sciences. Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, Bulgaria
Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Norway
Universitat Bremen, Germany