“What’s my thing?” – Young people’s upper secondary level educational choices and gendered paths

Young people consider the push and pull factors of their educational choices in the contexts of their individual life situations.

Gender segregation in education and working life is exceptionally strong In Finland. Differentiation of girls and boys into separate fields already begins when they transition from comprehensive school to upper secondary level education. The Breaking down the barriers project (Purkutalkoot in Finnish) has studied young people’s educational choices related to this transition and the underlying factors. The goal of the project is to mitigate and dismantle gender segregation in education and working life by producing data on phenomena related to segregation, gendered attitudes to occupations, young people’s perceptions of equality and the process of making education choices. The researchers adopted a multimethodological approach to the topic, using qualitative and quantitative data and previous literature.