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Work Identity and Career Perspectives in Flexible Labour Contexts

Livia POGAN
Lecturer, PhD., University “Lucian Blaga” of Sibiu, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Department of Social Work, Journalism, Public Relations and Sociology, Chair of Sociology and Social Work;
E-mail: livia.pogan@ulbsibiu.ro

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.59277/CSNPISSH.2023.19

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Published on December 3, 2023

Abstracts
Work inclusion is among the main targets of any sustainable long-term strategy, implemented at European level through three main directions: a better inclusion of young people on the labour market, reintegration of the chronic ill persons and retention for longer periods of the elder ones by increasing the retirement age. The Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, as other previous crisis also did, brought interruptions regarding the labour market and accelerated some already existing trends, sometimes increasing gaps. Both the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the European Union drew attention on the increasing risks the new generation is facing when struggling to enter the labour market in an insecure context.
Considering this given framework, the present paper aims to shed light on the integration of the young people into work, resorting to concepts such as work identity, career construction, job insecurity and flexibility. Furthermore, the theoretical approach is enriched with the analysis of data issued by the statistical bureau of the European Union (Eurostat) regarding the participation of young people in education and on the labour market.

Keywords
Career, flexibility, job insecurity, work identity, young people

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