‘I need to switch the job’. Young rural-urban migrants’ perceptions about their job during their education to work transition

Neha Basnet*, Margaretha C. Timmerman, Josje van der Linden

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Abstract

Young people’s choices and decisions during their education to work transition reflect their perceptions about work. Empirical studies of these perceptions of young rural-urban migrants are limited. This article explores the perceptions of young rural-urban migrants working at call centres in Kathmandu and the way these perceptions are associated with socio-cultural values and beliefs. The dominant perceptions found among young rural-urban migrants were that their job in a call centre served for skills development, financial needs, and as a temporary solution. Even though the centre was a fun place to work, there was little indication that young people saw this job as a ‘career’ The perceptions reveal a strong relation with socio-cultural values and beliefs influencing young people’s choices and decision making in their education to work transition in this context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-309
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Education and Work
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • call centres
  • education to work transition
  • Nepal
  • Rural-urban migration
  • youth

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