Career Aspirations of Young People in the Czech Labour Market

By Kamil Dobeš and Martin Jurásek.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies

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The labour market demonstrates neoliberal failure toward markets. Supply and demand are affected by exogenous factors outside of the vaguely-defined market. The economic crisis of 2008 has only served to accentuate students’ career aspirations, which may be considered important in levelling or conversely deepening structural problems in the labour market. The research was conducted in 2011 by the Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, and aimed at the Czech Republic’s secondary schools. The sample consisted of 1,628 students. In recent years, the Czech labour market has faced structural unemployment and increased secondary-school-graduate unemployment. For the purposes of the study, Roe’s classification of occupations and theoretical conclusions was utilized, and the data was processed and subsequently compared to the unemployment structure in the Czech Republic. The research confirmed the career focus of Czech young people differs radically from the composition of unemployment in general. At the same time, students were found to have no concise direction in their professional development, resulting in financial losses in education as well as slower turnover in the labour market. Students prefer areas focusing on work with people on the fringes of selected classifications and are less interested in central areas, namely technology- and nature-oriented (industry, construction, logistics, agriculture etc.) areas. These, however, constitute the Czech economy’s foundation and primarily contribute to its GDP.

Keywords: Career Aspirations, Career Orientations,Career Development, Career Education, Labour Market, Labour Supply

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.49-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 467.690KB).

Dr. Kamil Dobeš

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Zlín, Czech Republic, Czech Republic

Dr. Dobeš is a member of the research team at the Department of Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlín. Dr. Dobeš' research work is focused on microeconomics, macroeconomics and the social aspects of the czech labor market. Dr. Dobeš’ main interest is focused on knowledge about the labor market of economics and social sciences.

Martin Jurásek

Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic

Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic