There is broad agreement that precarious work is a growing problem, and that it is highly prevalent among young employees. The aim of this paper is to examine the discursive representations of precarious work among young employees aged 18-24 in the healthcare sector, the metal industry and retail trade captured in 66 interviews. We investigate whether precariousness is related to being young and employed in general, or if specific categories of young employees become particularly vulnerable in this social and economic transformation to adulthood. We explore how young employees describe their position and how they position themselves in relation to uncertainty and vulnerability at work. We conclude that precarious work is not, in fact, simply a characteristic of young employees’ work as such, but rather it is related to their position in the labor market and the type of jobs in which they are employed. While some are in transition, others are at risk of being trapped in precarious work.