Careers and individual situation

In the framework of IP207 (former IP7) of the NCCR LIVES, which is funded by the Swiss National Fund for Scientific Research, the University of Lausanne and the University of Zurich currently conduct a national study on the individual life of adults and its relation to their careers. As from 2012, nearly 2500 people were interviewed in German- and Western-Switzerland, among them 500 unemployed. A sixth wave of the survey happened in 2017.


In an era that is characterized by deep economic and social changes, professional careers develop in increasingly different directions, while providing less and less security. Therefore, it is essential to explore the lives of people who are active on the Swiss labour market or are looking for employment. The results of these installments allow us a more complete understanding of this rapidly developing reality. Based on our results social partners and policy makers can make appropriate measures to facilitate socio-professional inclusion and to promote job satisfaction.


Each year participants in the survey receive a newsletter, which gives them an overview of some results (find all issues on the French or the German versions of this page).

Presentations at scientific congresses

From 2012 to 2017, the members of the research team had the opportunity to present the preliminary results of the project at several international congresses. Critical appraisal by experts from several countries should serve to improve the organisation and content of the project.

Specialised conferences:

Other conferences:

Strenghts assessment

In 2014 survey respondents could participate in the online assessment of the Values in Action-Inventory of Strengths. By doing so they further helped the research of the IP7 team on the ways in which personal characteristics and resources impact professional trajectories.


A bonus of 20 Swiss francs is offered to the survey respondents. They can choose either a gift voucher from different stores or a donation on their behalf to a charity organisation.

  • In 2012, 916 people selected this solution and 18,320 Swiss francs were raised in favour of Terre des hommes.
  • In 2013, 606 people provided 12,060 Swiss francs that were allocated to Swiss Solidarity.
  • In 2014, 454 people offered their incentive amounting to 9,080 Swiss francs that were given to Caritas.
  • In 2015, 503 people offered their incentive amounting to 10,060 Swiss francs that were given to Terre des hommes.
  • In 2016, 451 people offered their incentive amounting to 9,020 Swiss francs that were given to Chaîne du Bonheur.
  • In 2017, 374 people offered their incentive amounting to 7,480 Swiss francs that were given to Caritas.