Various generations’ experiences of entering the Labour Market

A debate “20-, 30-, 40- year olds. The loss or a deal?”, organized by the Duży Pokój workshop, has been held about a week ago at Warecka Street 4/6 as one of the debates on the important social issues. The event was financed by the City of Warsaw.

The key aim of the debate was to follow the life strategies of the youth entering the labour market and adulthood across sequent generations since 1989. The experts together with the audience were trying to resolve the differences and similarities of the present-day 20, 30 and 40 year olds. The participants of the debate also discussed the way and extent of the life experience during the Polish People’s Republic and transformation of the 90s, and how it shaped those, who were born in the 70s and 80s. Another topic was also how the youth who were born in the 90s and grew up during the first decades of the new millennium, didn’t experience the previous regime and times without cell phones, so they are clearly different from earlier generation.

The debate was started by the hypothesis of moving from the idea-centered to the philosophy of the young generation’s life attitude. Among the topics of the discussion were: lifestyle and fashion, work and migration, generational memory, digital experience, subcultures and neotribe, aspirations, dreams, yearning and frustration of the people growing up in the Third Polish Republic

The participants of the debate were the following experts:

Justyna Sarnowska, Univesity SWPS, Youth Research Center, presented the way of the labour market entering by the 40, 30, 20 year olds, their education, migration experiences and the changes throughout the years;

Maciej Stolarski, Institute of Psychology, Warsaw University, described the quality of life based on the Social Diagnosis and interpreted temporary orientations and relations of the young generation from the psychological point of view;

Michał Florysiak, Institute of Applied Social Sciences, Warsaw University, presented the generation theme in the literature of the 40, 30 and 20 year olds. (Twardoch, Karpowicz, Żulczyk).

The debate was monitored by Katarzyna Kalinowska, a social researcher and a sociologist specializing in contemporary anthropology. Her research interests are  youth sociology and affective culture. Her doctorate research was based on the experiences of picking someone up in the sanatoriums and at club parties. She previously studied the school and peer interactions of the middle school children.

Recording of the first part of the debate [in Polish]

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