Das Zusammenspiel von Persönlichkeit und beruflichen Aspirationen bei der sozialen Positionierung Jugendlicher am Ausbildungsmarkt (PASS)

Team: Désirée Nießen, Alexandra Wicht
Leader: Clemens Lechner
Scientific unit: Dep. Survey Design und Methodology (SDM)


How can transitions from school to the vocational training market be successful? Which adolescents have the ability to position themselves socially better than others at this pivotal transition in their life course? Current primarily sociologically-oriented research highlights the central importance of occupational aspirations for the social positioning on the vocational training market. Primarily psychological-oriented research shows that personality plays an important role in this context. Basic personality traits, such as Conscientiousness or Agreeableness, are, on the one hand, individual resources for pursuing goals, which is reflected in occupational aspirations; on the other hand, they are used by employers in selection processes as information about the expected suitability of applicants, which is reflected in the social positioning associated with the vocational training occupation. Previous research has largely neglected the interaction of personality and occupational aspirations in the social positioning of adolescents on the vocational training market. The aim of this research project is to close the gap between a primarily sociological (focus on career aspirations and social positioning) and a primarily psychological (focus on personality) perspective on the transition from school to the vocational training market. For this purpose, we examine the interplay of personality, occupational aspirations, and social positioning on the vocational training market on the basis of data from starting cohort 4 (school and education) of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS).



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  • Baden-Württemberg Stiftung