LSAY Publications

Education and happiness in the school-to-work transition

Title:Education and happiness in the school-to-work transition
Authors:Alfred Michael Dockery
Publication date: 19 April 2010
ISBN:978 1 921413 86 5

Education is generally seen as enhancing people's lives. However, previous research has reported an inverse relationship between education and happiness or satisfaction with life: as education level goes up, happiness goes down. Using data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), this report examines the relationship between education and happiness. The impact of factors such as family circumstances and personality traits are also considered. The report finds that undertaking vocational qualifications such as an apprenticeship has a positive impact on happiness both during the training period and after completion. For university graduates, however, happiness declines following completion of their study.

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