Are social economy organizations a viable alternative on the labour market for students from non-economic fields of study? Research results

Janusz Reichel, Agata Rudnicka, Błażej Socha


Labour market is getting more and more diverse. Young people have broad spectrum of possibilities to plan and develop their future careers.
Future graduates may put attention on different opportunities from huge corporations to local non-governmental organizations. One of still
underestimated sectors as a working place is the social enterprise sector. The current debate of the labour market is focusing on the issue of
competences needed to meet the needs of a highly competitive labour market. The idea of entrepreneurship is also a focal point for these considerations. The main aim of the paper is to present the analysis of choices for career development among students from non-economic fields of study. The research was conducted among students of non-economics majors in the University of Lodz, Poland. Authors were seeking the answer to the question of whether the social economy organizations are treated as a potential workplace. The main results of the study confirm that the social economy sector is not the priority as a future choice for career development.

non-economic studies, social entrepreneurship, career development, competences

Janusz Reichel PhD, Faculty of Management, University of Łódź, Matejki 22/26, Łódź, Poland, ( +48 42 63 56 339, e-mail:

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