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Youth Unemployment – A Bleak Outlook

Youth UnemploymentThe other day, the BBC posted an article that stated unemployment between people 16 – 24 years old was at an all-time high of 19.1%. Sad considering that this only adds to the bleak economic outlook of the days. Read some of the stories of the young people here.

I couldn’t help but think back to my own situation when I was looking for my first job. I was taken back by their stories, remembering exactly how it felt. I had lots of varied experiences (working in a restaurant, babysitting, reception at a resort) but when push came to shove, none of it mattered. I kept telling myself, “They just need to see me as a nice girl and then they’ll pick me.” No such luck for young people these days. Nice won’t even get you in the door.

This issue begs the bigger question: How is the cycle going to change? Is it a “big society” issue or is it just a matter of getting the economy back on the rails? I don’t know the answer but I find it disheartening to see young people, the optimists of our time, jaded right from the start.

The government is trying to tackle the problem with the apprenticeship initiative and currently is Apprenticeship Week 2011. This may be one of a few options.

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  1. 9to5er | Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    Times are tough, but I like to think young people now have an opportunity to explore their passions early in their careers, before they have so many responsibilities. Now is the time to try part-time jobs, volunteer work, freelance. Once you have that first steady paycheck, it gets harder to take risks, go back to school, travel, and make big career changes.

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