Learning to keep the faith? Further education and perceived employability among young unemployed

Autor(en)
Monika Mühlböck, Nadia Steiber, Bernhard Kittel
Abstrakt

To keep up job search motivation and maintain re-employment chances, it is important that unemployed individuals do not stop believing in their ability to (re)gain satisfying employment. This article examines whether further education during unemployment has a positive effect on perceived employability (i.e. the subjective assessment of one’s chances to obtain the desired job), based on a panel survey of unemployed young adults in Austria. The article finds that educational activities – either on own initiative or as part of an active labor market program – indeed help to sustain or even increase perceived employability. However, only for long-term programs do the effects persist beyond the duration of the activity. This study thus identifies substantial psychological side effects of active labor market policies involving further education, which could be used to increase actual employability.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Wirtschaftssoziologie
Externe Organisation(en)
Universität Mannheim, IHS - Institut für Höhere Studien und wissenschaftliche Forschung
Journal
Economic and Industrial Democracy
Band
43
Seiten
705-725
Anzahl der Seiten
21
ISSN
0143-831X
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X20944211
Publikationsdatum
08-2020
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
504002 Arbeitssoziologie
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Business, Management and Accounting(all), Management of Technology and Innovation, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Strategy and Management
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/learning-to-keep-the-faith-further-education-and-perceived-employability-among-young-unemployed(b4b6eddc-f592-4acd-a87f-7517d6b94b3a).html