Following the collapse ofIreland’s economy the future for many young Irish is very uncertain. This had a serious impact across the state and I can see many direct effects of this uncertainty in the province of Ulster. Recent statistics show that one in five young people aged between 18 and 24 are not currently working and are receiving unemployment benefit. Unemployment is highest among young men as the construction industry has basically came to a standstill in Ulster and therefore many of those working in this sector are without work.
With another university year ending in a matter of weeks there will be many more graduates seeking work, adding to the problem through no fault of their own.
Young people now have to decide how they are going to spend their years as they wait for the economy to recover and moving abroad seems to be the choice many are making. The number of people migrating fromIrelandis the highest in the European Union. Many leave with the intention of coming back in a few years time when jobs are more easily got and the economic troubles is a distant memory. Australia, the United States and Canadaare the hottest choices for these travellers. Their experiences abroad will also enhance their qualification’s and make them a more desirable candidate when job seeking in the future.
Another huge effect onUlsteris the number of people returning to education in a bid to make themselves more employable as the jobs crisis deepens. With university fees due to rise in 2012 a massive rush for places is predicted for this coming academic year. This will be another problem for young people who want to further their education and have to compete with more mature students who have more experience and possibly a better chance of securing a university place.
The future is very vague for the youth ofUlsterbut only time will tell how we cope.