Publication Date

August 1993


The study explores the initial careers of two target groups of youngsters in seven European countries. Career patterns are constructed through cluster analysis on data gathered from the youngsters through a retrospective self-report procedure covering a period of 2;5 years. Six career patterns are identified across countries by the activities taking place (employment, various educational preparations, unemployment, military or civil service) and further described by personal and work-related variables as well as by work meanings and psychological well-being in the second year on the labor market. Some suggestions are given for further research and implications for career counseling, career education, organizational career guidance and development.


Suggested Citation
Claes, R. & Ruiz-Quintanilla, S. A. (1993). Initial career and work meanings in seven European countries (CAHRS Working Paper #93-11). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies.