Youth and work in Poland

  • Bernadette Jonda
Keywords: Polish youth, change in values, valuable work for young people, abour as a desirable goal, working abroad, connections, work-family balance


This article focuses on selected results, taken from a comparative empirical youth study from 2011 to 2012 that deals with the ‘Change in Norms and Values among Youth’. It mainly concentrates on one aspect: the value of work for young people in Poland, as described by them in group discussions and interviews. Work in general is crucial to being able to realize the visions for the future of Polish youth. Work is a goal in itself, as well as a means to achieve other goals. Particular aspects are put in relation with two youth studies carried out in earlier decades – in 1990–91 and 2001. The text contains numerous quotations originating from the interviews.