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Project Coordinator - Dr. Marge Unt

As a kid, I never wanted to grow up. To me, the grown-up world was not something to look for. What is this "work" they always claim to have? Why do they refuse to run around in fields and find shapes in clouds? And why do adults assume that they know it all and are still so stressed? Now, I have made this transition and have entered the world of my own family and work. However, I am still deeply interested in how youth experience becoming an adult in different contexts.


Project Co-coordinator - Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel

When I grew up, Germany experienced serious mass unemployment and was called the “sick man of Europe”. I saw friends suffering from unemployment and insecure jobs. But there were also success stories of friends coping with such a situation and also escaping from it. Nowadays, after a period of policy reforms, the situation is better in Germany but there are still many problems. These observations raised my interest in understanding how youths avoid getting into trouble and which policies help.



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Jonas Voßemer

Jonas Voßemer

Position: PhD Student/Research Associate in EXCEPT Project

Field of study: Sociology

Research topics: Social stratification and inequality; life course research; unemployment and atypical employment; quality of work; well-being and health; transition from school-to-work; quantitative methods; modern methods of causal analysis

Should I take up this job although it doesn’t live up to my expectations or should I risk staying unemployed hoping to find a better job? What happens if I turn down the offer but can’t find a better job later? What consequences does unemployment have for my career and how will it affect my happiness? Getting a foothold into the labor market is often hard and young people face difficult decisions. Not so long ago, I asked such questions to myself and many friends where confronted with these and similar decisions. In my research I’m, thus, interested in examining how unemployment and insecurity at the labor market entry affect one’s future career and well-being.


Advisory board:

Hans-Peter Blossfeld
Caroline Dewilde
Duncan Gallie
Massimiliano Mascherini
Jale Tosun
Gianfranco Bordone
Laura Orestano
Franco Chiaramonte
Luca Chiapella
Vanessa Di Paola
Virginie Mora
Ruth Santos-Brien
Rita Bergstein

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