Journal article

University students, career uncertainty, and the culture of authenticity

Sara James, Mark Mallman, Sarah Midford

Journal of Youth Studies | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020


Young people entering tertiary education in postindustrial societies choose their courses in the context of widespread uncertainty about future career prospects. At the same time, choice of degree takes place against a dominant cultural backdrop that stresses the necessity of identity work and self-authenticity in the pursuit of ‘the good life’. In response to concerns about employment outcomes, universities increasingly promote generalist Humanities and Social Sciences or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees by emphasizing the importance of transferable skills for the ‘flexible’ labour market. In choosing a course of study and formulating career aspirations, young people must navigate the neoliber..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by La Trobe University: [Grant Number #2015-1-STF-0007].