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TS26-06-3

Pre-employment Psychosocial Antecedents of 30-Year-long Career Pathways in a Finnish 46-year old Birth Cohort

[Speaker] Ek, Ellen M:1,2
[Co-author] Ala-mursula, Leena:2, García Velázquez, Regina:3, Tolvanen, Asko:1, Koiranen, Markku:2, Salmela-aro, Katariina:1,4
1:University of Jyväskylä, Finland (Finland), 2:Center for Life Course Health Research, University of Oulu (Finland), 3:Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki (Finland), 4:Cicero Learning, University of Helsinki (Finland)

Childhood family characteristics and student role related factors were studied in identifying antecedents of career pathways from 16 to 46 years. We used prospectively collected data starting from pregnancy in a birth cohort of 12058 live-born children in Northern Finland in 1966.

For both genders, five career pathways were identified: 1) traditional full time employees, 2) highly educated employees, 3) self-employed, 4) delayed full-time employees and 5) floundering. All pre-employment antecedents studied (mothers attitude towards social aid, family´s SES, repeating school class, school grades) had independent impacts on ending up in a certain career pathway class, except for repeating the school class for women. At the age of 46 years, the pathways differed in regard to their associations with well-being outcomes. The results highlight the role of psychosocial factors in childhood and adolescence for later career pathways up to mid adulthood.
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