Careers and individual situation
In the framework of IP207 (former IP7) of the NCCR LIVES, which is funded by the Swiss National Fund for Scientific Research, the University of Lausanne and the University of Zurich currently conduct a national study on the individual life of adults and its relation to their careers. As from 2012, nearly 2500 people were interviewed in German- and Western-Switzerland, among them 500 unemployed. A sixth wave of the survey happened in 2017.
In an era that is characterized by deep economic and social changes, professional careers develop in increasingly different directions, while providing less and less security. Therefore, it is essential to explore the lives of people who are active on the Swiss labour market or are looking for employment. The results of these installments allow us a more complete understanding of this rapidly developing reality. Based on our results social partners and policy makers can make appropriate measures to facilitate socio-professional inclusion and to promote job satisfaction.
Each year participants in the survey receive a newsletter, which gives them an overview of some results (find all issues on the French or the German versions of this page).
Presentations at scientific congresses
From 2012 to 2017, the members of the research team had the opportunity to present the preliminary results of the project at several international congresses. Critical appraisal by experts from several countries should serve to improve the organisation and content of the project.
- International Congresses of Applied Psychology (ICAP), in 2012 and 2014
- Conférences de l'Association internationale d'orientation scolaire et professionnelle (AIOSP) in 2012 and 2014
- International Conferences of the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (SLLS), in 2012, 2013 and 2014
- European Conferences on Personality (ECP), in 2013, 2014 and 2016
- International Conference Life Designing and Career Counseling: Building Hope and Resilience (LARIOS), Padova (Italia), in 2013
- Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), in 2013 and 2016
- Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), in 2013 and 2017
- World Congress on Positive Psychology (IPPA), in 2013 and 2017
- Congrès international de l'Association internationale de psychologie du travail de langue française (AIPTLF), Lyon (France)
- 3rd World Congress on Positive Psychology (IPPA), Los Angeles (USA)
- 16th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), Münster (Germany)
- 16e Conférence nationale sur la promotion de la santé, Lucerne (CH)
- 49. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Bochum (Germany)
- 8th European Conference on Positive Psychology, Angers (France)
- 16th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Justice Research, Kent (UK)
- Congrès de la Société Suisse pour la Recherche en Education, Lausanne (CH)
- 50. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Leipzig (Germany)
- International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance, Tsukuba (Japan)
- 15th Conference of the International Society for Quality-of-Life-Studies, Innsbruck (Austria)
- 2016 Conference of the Swiss Positive Psychology Association, Zurich
- 14th European Conference on Psychological Assessment, Lisbon (Portugal)
- Conference of the International Association of Education and Vocational Guidance (IAVG), Madrid (Spain)
- 15th Conference of the Swiss Psychological Society, Lausanne
- International Conference Counseling and Support, Padova (Italy)
In 2014 survey respondents could participate in the online assessment of the Values in Action-Inventory of Strengths. By doing so they further helped the research of the IP7 team on the ways in which personal characteristics and resources impact professional trajectories.
A bonus of 20 Swiss francs is offered to the survey respondents. They can choose either a gift voucher from different stores or a donation on their behalf to a charity organisation.
- In 2012, 916 people selected this solution and 18,320 Swiss francs were raised in favour of Terre des hommes.
- In 2013, 606 people provided 12,060 Swiss francs that were allocated to Swiss Solidarity.
- In 2014, 454 people offered their incentive amounting to 9,080 Swiss francs that were given to Caritas.
- In 2015, 503 people offered their incentive amounting to 10,060 Swiss francs that were given to Terre des hommes.
- In 2016, 451 people offered their incentive amounting to 9,020 Swiss francs that were given to Chaîne du Bonheur.
- In 2017, 374 people offered their incentive amounting to 7,480 Swiss francs that were given to Caritas.