The goal of this project was to help young people and those who guide them, whether parents or career professionals, to understand the challenges facing high school graduates, the multiplicity of possible pathways they may follow when continuing their education and finding employment, as well as how to help the graduates to make a successful transition after completing high school.
Specifically we set out to:
- Gain a deeper understanding of the educational and occupational pathways that high school graduates take with a particular emphasis on the stories they tell about the detours and dead ends that they encounter.
- Examine how access, or the lack of access, to financial resources impacts on the pathways young people take.
- Identify the messages young people hear from parents, friends, teachers, counsellors, and others in their lives that help or hinder their transitioning from high school to postsecondary education and/or into the workforce.
- Examine the impact that low- and high-opportunity structures have on the narratives young people construct about the pathways available to them.
- Help parents, teachers, guidance counsellors and career counsellors understand more fully young people’s experiences of career transitions following high school completion in a globalized world.
- Convey results of the study to parents, teachers, guidance counsellors and career counsellors in order to help them understand more fully the resources and messages young people need to transition successfully from high school into suitable educational and occupational roles.