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Work experiences and well-being in the first years of professional work in Switzerland: A ten-year follow-up study

Type of publication Not peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (non peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2014
Author Kälin Wolfgang, Keller Anita C., Tschan Franziska, Elfering Achim, Semmer Norbert K.,
Project Individual Trajectories of Working Life in Switzerland
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Contribution to book (non peer-reviewed)

Book Psychological, educational and sociological perspectives on success and well-being in career develop
Editor , Keller Anita
Publisher Springer, Dordrecht Netherlands
Page(s) 151 - 170
ISBN 978-94-017-8911-0
Title of proceedings Psychological, educational and sociological perspectives on success and well-being in career develop
DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-8911-0_8

Abstract

The ÆQUAS (a German acronym for “Work Experiences and Quality of Life in Switzerland”) study followed young workers in five occupations over their first ten years in the labor market. Participants of the study reported on working conditions and well-being at five occasions. Overall, resources at work as well as well-being, health and personal resources remained stable or increased. Concurrently, task-related stressors increased as well. This result may reflect career progress (e.g., gaining more responsibilities may be accompanied by increasing time pressure) but development in task-related stressors as well as resources may also be related to specific occupations. Several trajectories had their turning point after the first or second year of being in the labor market, which may reflect a successful professional socialization. Even though a substantial number of participants did change their occupation over these ten years (with benefits for their well-being), development over the first ten years after vocational training implies a successful transition into labor market.
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