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How does the transition from school to work affect later lifetime prospects?

Summary of publication

How does the transition from school to work affect later lifetime prospects is an Australian Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS) research project, awarded under the last ADRAS round in 2012. A research team from Curtin University undertook the project from April 2013 – May 2017.

This study provides new knowledge on the relationship between educational investments and labour market outcomes in Indonesia. The project included a detailed examination of the transition from school to work of young Indonesians, using multiple data sets, including data from a field survey and focus groups. The research found:

  • More education does not mean an easier/faster transition. The largest share of successfully transited youth had finished their education at the secondary level only.
  • School – industry (school - employers) type relationships should be strengthened, which would help young people make informed choices of different learning pathways in the school-to-work transition.
  • There are important disadvantages for young women in the labour market, despite their higher educational attainment. Career orientation and guidance for female students needs to be improved and gender stereotypes must be eliminated from school curricula and teaching practices to address social and cultural constraints that limit or prevent women's labour participation.
  • Future research should more closely and comprehensively examine the gap between employees' perception of their educational qualification and actual skills.

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Last Updated: 28 August 2019
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