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Young Romanians’ Transition from School to Work in a Path Dependence Context

Marinela Istrate (), Raluca Horea-Serban () and Ionel Muntele ()
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Marinela Istrate: Faculty of Geography and Geology, University Al. I. Cuza, 700505 Iasi, Romania
Raluca Horea-Serban: Faculty of Geography and Geology, University Al. I. Cuza, 700505 Iasi, Romania
Ionel Muntele: Faculty of Geography and Geology, University Al. I. Cuza, 700505 Iasi, Romania

Sustainability, 2019, vol. 11, issue 5, 1-21

Abstract: For the past 25 years, Romania crossed a contradictory evolution between the social–educational and economic aspects. From the inflexible educational system of the totalitarian regime, when all graduates from different levels of education immediately received a job (to avoid unemployment—a phenomenon that the communist authorities did not tolerate), there was a transition to an educational system marked by frequent structural and methodological changes and by an increasing gap between the educational offer and the real necessities of the labor market. In this context, the aim of this paper was to analyzes, in the light of the sociology of education, the difficulties met by the new generations that enter the labor market after following a previously established educational model, often intended to be changed according to European sociological principles, but with deeply rooted mentalities and structure, actually difficult to alter. The ability to adapt to the new socio-economic context and to adjust educational programs to the new labor market requirements, in a strong correlation with the European policies, is constantly taken into account by interpreting the results in the spirit of the sociology of education and sustainable development.

Keywords: educational system; sustainability; labor market; post-communist era (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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