Mobile lifestyle of youth in the aspect of employment

  • Vladimir Menshikov Daugavpils University
  • Olga Lavrinenko Daugavpils University
  • Alena Vankevich Vitebsk State Technological University
Keywords: mobility, network capital, youth, employment


The subject of the paper - mobile lifestyle of youth in the aspect of employment in conditions of the increasing role of new technologies, essentially changing the traditional ideas of mobility.Mobile lifestyle is a comparatively little studied phenomenon, although the development of information and communication technologies significantly changes almost all manifestations of our life. Mobility, network capital, social and humanitarian technologies are becoming substantial conditions for successful employment. The purpose of the article is to analyse results of the sociological project, where youth of Latvia and Belarus became the object of research, in order to determine problems of mobile lifestyle in the aspect of employment through general and special perception of young people of two countries with differing economic systems. General scientific and special methods of cognitionare used in the research; a special place is given to methods of sociological analysis. The results of the sociological project showed that in the two countries with existing differences in economic systems, the problems of mobile lifestyles of youth are identical. The main problem is the asymmetry in types of mobility and underestimation of those that provide employment and high competitiveness. Self-assessment of mobility levels of young people in Latvia and Belarus is very similar and is characterized by comparatively small proportion of those who expressed their level of mobility at high level. The results of the research may be usedin the state management of social and economic development, youth policy. Solving these problems requires formation of the institutional structures, whose functions should include development of normative legal acts, formation of institutional mechanism and an effective system for e-employment monitoring in the countries.


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Author Biographies

Vladimir Menshikov, Daugavpils University

Vladimir Menshikov, Doctor of Sociology, Professor, Head  of the Social Research Center 

Olga Lavrinenko, Daugavpils University

Olga Lavrinenko, Doctor of Economics, leading researcher of the Social Research Center

Alena Vankevich, Vitebsk State Technological University

Alena Vankevich, Doctor of Economics, Professor, Vice-Rector for Science

How to Cite
Menshikov, V., Lavrinenko, O., & Vankevich, A. (2017). Mobile lifestyle of youth in the aspect of employment. University Economic Bulletin, (34/1), 188-197. Retrieved from
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