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Among the most relevant changes that have been produced in the transition from youth to adulthood, we find the lengthening, precariousness, plurality and complexity of trajectories (Bradley, Devadason, 2008).
These trajectories are processes that are increasingly individualised but which, at the same time, are strongly influenced by the political and institutional context, due to the characteristics of the job market, due to the education and training system, due to the family, gender,… In short, the individual construction of transitions is carried out based on less and less standardised biographies, increasingly plural ones, which are constructed based on more complex, unfamiliar processes.

Research into this individual construction process, on the basis of the biography of subjects, is one of the fundamental objectives of this project. We aim to go further into the knowledge of the trajectories taken by young people on finishing compulsory education. The first class of boys and girls to finish the LOGSE, once its implementation had became widespread, finished their Compulsory Secondary Education (ESO) in 2000. What situation are they in 10 years on? What trajectories have the taken? What factors explain these trajectories? What are the reasons why young people take certain academic and labour options?
In order to answer these questions, we opted for a mixed methodology. In the first phase, the approach is qualitative. We analyse, based on an in-depth interview, the biographies of a group of young people between 26 and 27 years of age, who, after going through Compulsory Secondary Education, chose different educational options.
From the results obtained in this first phase, we drew up a questionnaire aimed at a representative sample of young people with the same characteristics as the first group. In this phase, it is the quantitative approach that predominates, as what we aim to find out is the degree to which the different types of trajectories actually occur and the influence of explanatory factors on them. 

In accordance with the guidelines of the OECD (OECD, 2000, 2002, 2005) and the European Union (Commission of the European Communities, 2002, European Union Council, 2008a, 2008 b), in the research, special emphasis will be placed on analysing the trajectories of the population with qualifications below post-compulsory secondary education and on proposals for putting into practice public policies aimed at this sector.


Bradley, H. y Devadason, R. (2008). Fractured Transitions: Young Adults Pathways into Contemporary Labour Markets. Sociology, 42, 119-136.

OECD (2000). From Initial Education to Working Life: Making transitions work. Paris: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

— (2002). Education at a Glance. Paris: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

— (2005). From Education to Work. A difficult transition for young adults with low levels of education. Paris: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) / The Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN).

Comisión de las Comunidades Europeas (2002). Comunicación de la Comisión, de 20 de noviembre de 2002. Puntos de referencia europeos en educación y formación: seguimiento del Consejo Europeo de Lisboa, COM (2002) 629 final - no publicado en el Diario Oficial.

Consejo de la Unión Europea (2004). Educación y formación 2010. Diario Oficial de la Unión Europea, núm. C104 de 30-04-04.

— (2008a). Decisión del Consejo de 15 de julio de 2008 relativa a las orientaciones para las políticas de empleo de los Estados miembros. Diario Oficial de la Unión Europea, núm. L 198/47-54 de 26-07-2008.

— (2008b). Informe conjunto de situación de 2008 del Consejo y de la Comisión so­bre la ejecución del programa de trabajo. Educación y Formación 2010 – Facilitar el aprendizaje permanente para fomentar el conocimiento, la creatividad y la innovación (2008/C 86/01). Diario Oficial de la Unión Europea, núm. C 86/1 de 5-04-2008.



During these months the TESE research group have reported qualitative and quantitative research results with the participation in National and International Congresses and Seminars:
- June 2013: 8th Research, Work and Learning Conference, University of Stirling. Presented Paper:  An etnographic approach to explain how gender influenced youth transition pathways.

- June 2013: Colloque Internationale Genre et discriminationsUniversitè Paris-Nanterre La Defense, París. Presented Paper: Genre, jeunesse et immigration: obstacles à l’égalité.

- September 2013: ESREA-7th European Research Conference, Humboldt University, Berlín. Presented paper: 
Inclusion and exclusion in continuing education for adults: the case of young people with a low level of education in Spain.

-September 2013: ECER 2013. Network VETNET, Istanbul . Presented paper:  School-to-work transitions 10 years after compulsory education: the case of Spanish young people with a low level of education.

- October 2013: I International Congress of Educational Sciencies and Development, Santander. Presented paper: Itinerarios centrados en la formación: Linealidades y Rupturas.

- October de 2013: Grande Rencontre 2013 du réseau PARcours, La santé au coeur de la formation des Jeunes. Université du Québec à Montréal. Workshop: Santé, transition à l'âge adulte et crise économique.

DOCUMENTAL “L'école pour moi. Parcours de raccrochage scolaire"  MAY 2013 
PARcours Research Group at the University of Quebec in Montreal publish this film related to Youth retorn to educational system. You can find more information at the following link:

SEMINAR"Transitions to Adulthood in Knowledge Societies: Present and Future of Young People with Low Educational Levels” | FEBRUARY 2013

In November 2013 the International Seminar “Transitions to Adulthood in Knowledge Societies: Present and Future of Young People with Low Educational Levels" was held in Palma de Mallorca.This seminar was funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and it was closely linked to the project “Pathways from Secondary Education into Employment: a Biographic Perspective” (Plan for R+D+I).Its main objectives are:

- To disseminate the results of current research in the field of training and employment courses of young people with low education. 

-To strengthen relationships with other research groups and the various actors in the territory of the Balearics.Transiciones a la vida adulta en las sociedades del conocimiento: presentes y futuro de los y las jóvenes con bajo nivel educativo

Access Link to Seminar’s Webpage (Conferences and Posters Documents)



We create this network on Linkedin with the main objetive to share information between research groups and professionals, to share knowledge related to  Youth transitions to adulthood last researches and good practices. We invite you to visit the link:


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