Learning to make it work

Education, work and welbeing in young adulthood.

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The project plans to analyse young adults’ transitions from education to work from ages 27 to 31 (2016–20). This period is crucial for economic and social integration, however unemployment and insecure work are increasing, creating challenges.

The longitudinal design includes a cross-generational analysis with a cohort of young Australians who were 27 in 2001 and 31 in 2005, to analyse changes in economic and social integration since the global financial crisis. It plans to extend current policy frameworks of youth transitions to explore the relationship between education, work and wellbeing, and contribute new knowledge about changing forms of vulnerability and the factors that support integration and resilience for young adults.

Expected project outcomes are an evidence base about the resources that enable young adults to maximise their social and economic participation in society.


The reports are Life Patterns: Comparing the Generations and Life Patterns: Ten years following Generation Y.

Project details


Australian Research Council – Discovery Grant

Project team

Professor Dan Woodman
Professor Johanna Wyn
Associate Professor Helen Cahill
Professor Andy Furlong


Professor Dan Woodman