How do young people in Switzerland find their way into and through post-compulsory education and, later on, into professional and adult life? How do they fare on their pathways? Which plans, dreams and aspirations do they have? What difficulties do they encounter along the way? These are some of the central questions at the heart of the TREE study (Transitions from Education to Employment). TREE is a large panel survey following up compulsory school leavers from all over Switzerland through their post-compulsory education and training and into employment and adulthood. The first TREE cohort (TREE1) started in 2000 and has been interviewed ten times to date. The second TREE cohort (TREE2) left compulsory school in 2016. The TREE study is mainly funded be the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Transitions from Education to Employment
TREE celebrates its 20th anniversary
Anniversary conference in November 2021: Save the date and join us!
Call for papers for a special TREE issue of the Swiss Journal of Sociology
Submit a contribution to the special TREE anniversary issue of the Swiss Journal of Sociology to be published in 2023. Call for papers now open. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 October 2021
How much school does vocational education & training (VET) need?
Enrolling in a basic VET programme with restricted academic curriculum has an unfavourable effect on later training and career opportunities -- even if trainees are high achievers. A new TREE analysis from Thomas Meyer and Stefan Sacchi investigates how Swiss youths get selected for VET programmes with restricted (vocational) schooling and what it does to their careers (article in German with English abstract).
Women avoid technical professions for lack of self-confidence
Why are there still so few women to be found in technical professions? According to a new TREE analysis, young women systematically underestimate their skills in STEM* fields of study.
* STEM = Science, technology, engineering & mathematics
Interactive Flow Chart on Swiss Youths' Pathways
Explore our interactive flow chart of the 1st TREE cohort’s educational and labour market pathways
Development of income 2003-2014
Visualise how average income evolves up to the age of 30 by various characteristics such as gender, migration background, educational attainment and social origin.