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Ekonomelevers extrajobb under gymnasietiden: Utvecklingsmöjligheter för studie- och yrkesvägledningen
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Part-time Work among Students of Economics at Upper Secondary School : Developing career counseling (English)
Abstract [en]

The knowledge of early employment experiences has evolved over the last

decade in countries such as Australia and Great Britain. In Sweden, this type

of research is still unusual and the aim of this study was to break new ground

by highlighting some areas that could be of extra interest in the Swedish

early employment research to come. A focus in the study was to give an overview

of what job sectors school students work in; and the amount of jobs

aquired through school-organized work placement, private social networks

or personal marketing of own merits. In addition to this, a multi variate analysis

was carried out to find patterns in the picture of early employment

experiences among students at upper secondary school. The findings of the

study has relevance for ways of conducting career counselling and therefore

the general aim of this study is to point out the importance of developing the

practises of vocational psychology.

A survey among 74 teenaged school students with economics as their

main subject has been carried out in a mid-size Swedish city May 2012. 62

school students answered. The survey showed that 94% of the students had

part-time jobs. Most common was to have 1-3 employers during the three

years at upper secondary school. Most students worked in the job-sectors

retail (29%), catering (23%), and care of the elderly (14%). An interesting

finding was that no Swedish students seemed to work with delivery. This is

surprising since this job-sector is big among school students in both Australia

and Great Britain. Another interesting find was ways of aquiring a job.

Not surprisingly most jobs were aquired through private social networks

(59%), but some job-sectors stood out as pathways to a job for those students

without the right social networks. In catering 48% of the jobs were aquired

through marketing of own merits, and in the care of the elderly job-sector

78% of the jobs were aquired this way.

The study indicates that early work experiences in Sweden in major

parts reflect the research carried out in Austalia and Great Britain. But some

research areas differ. A more close look at early work experiences among

teenaged school students in Sweden is therefore necessary to develop vocational

psychology and to incorporate learning outside school into school

practices. An aspect that has been observed sofar is the way in which social

background steers both the experience of early employment and career


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
early work experiences, job-sectors, teenaged school students, learning through work, career counseling
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-79507OAI: diva2:642188
Educational program
Career Counselling Programme
Available from: 2013-12-16 Created: 2013-08-20 Last updated: 2013-12-16Bibliographically approved

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