Youth Unemployment: The Ugly Truth

It was shocking to discover this year’s youth unemployment statistics, it has been claimed that “around one in six young persons are without a job and not in education”. The question that I now ask myself is, what are those who are without a job or not in education doing? The growing concern for me is that if you are undertaking neither then you are susceptible to growing dependent on the state and public funding such as benefits, or just becoming demotivated and unwilling to make a life for yourself.

Jobcentre  Source: Telegraph

Source: Telegraph

The article serves as statistical evidence to what is seen as common knowledge – not only to myself but also to many other young adults across the nation – youth employment has gradually deteriorated. What once was considered just a concern for graduates has now affected all young people. It is now a major concern for all those seeking employment, regardless of whether it is a graduate job or just part time work. This article notes that this is “a grim picture for school leavers and graduates across large parts of the world…” and it most certainly is. The assumption for many school leavers and graduates is that there is no real guarantee of securing a job after studying. In addition, this would make many question the capability of the education system to equip those who have studied expecting to achieve a better life for themselves. There is also a growing distaste of the labour market, whereby non-specialist jobs or ‘primitive’ roles are filled with over-qualified people. This means the former requirements for a workplace similar to McDonald’s no longer exist and you would have better luck if you studied at university just to become a crew member.

As mentioned earlier, I have found that there are not that many opportunities, the opportunities that do come are often shifted to older adults whom are willing to take up full time employment. I say this because of my own personal experience as a placement student, working for a corporate company part time, I thought there would be no better way to spend my spare hours other than working and earning extra money. However, it was not as simple as it used to be or as I thought it would be. Although, I have worked within a number of different companies and different industries such as retail, administration and waitressing I found it incredibly difficult to get a part time job. I went through many rejections before I was able to secure a ‘Congratulations you start on Monday!’ this was a big surprise to me because I have never found it that difficult to obtain work.

Volunteer Journalist Ruth

Volunteer Journalist Ruth

The many months of searching, getting so close but not close enough became disheartening, my only drive was my faith in God and the fact that I needed the extra funds. That is why I was not surprised when the article rightly stated that “young people are giving up on the search for work”. It is not that this generation is lazy or even has a lack of self-discipline; it is that rejection begins to affect your confidence slowly but surely and you become clueless with no idea on what should be done to solve this issue. Once you have reached the stage that any job will do and you still struggle to find a job, you start to disregard all your previous achievements and just do anything to get your foot in the door.

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