Winding Roads: Metaphors in NEETs’ Employment Journeys

Three illustrations reproducing the images selected by the participants in the study

Giulia Parola, in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Thaler and Matteo Solivo, recently co-authored a study published in the Journal of Career Assessment. This journal is known for its peer-reviewed academic content in the field of applied psychology. The study focuses on career services to people who are not currently in education, employment, or training (NEETs).

To gather insights, the researchers used a method called the Zaltman metaphor elicitation technique (ZMET), which involves in-depth interviews and visual images. What they discovered is that positive emotions play a crucial role. They act like filters that shape how NEETs see the world, prompting us to change their perspectives and beliefs. This, in turn, can lead to personal growth and a more positive outlook on careers.

In simpler terms, this research emphasizes the significance of emotions in shaping employment journeys and recommends that career helpers should be mindful of emotions and utilize them to aid individuals dealing with distinctive career hurdles, such as NEETs.

If you’re interested in the full article, you can find it here:

Alternatively, you can contact Giulia by emailing her at to request a complimentary copy.

Giulia Parola
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