Youth (un)employment, in young peoples point of wiev

Youth unemployment is a big problem all around the world today. Young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and over 75 million young people around the world are looking for a job.

The United Nations created an e-discussion about youth employment where 1,100 young people participated with their wiews on the subject. They found some interesting results:

Many of the young people that participated in the discussion shared the same concerns. They questioned the quality of education. Whethet or not it is relevant to available jobs and how their knowledge and skills will be usefull in the long term. Also the participants viewed many higher educational systems as inadequatly tailored to the actual needs of the labour market. They said that formal education often are very theoretical which leaves the students ill prepared and lacking necessary skills for coming jobs. Some students even consequently delay their entry into the job market to continue their studies or seek low level jobs. Therefor more and better links are needed between schools and employers.

It was also revealed thet young people are using a rang of tools for jobsearching but that social networking are the most valuable source of career information and guidance. The majority of the participants were engaged in some kind of activitie, such as internship programs or volunteer positions just to have something to do and gain experience. A point that was emerged strongly is that young people prefer to be active rather than just “sitting around”.

The participants also said that a decent job is a marker of adulthood, independence and active citizenship. Yet the lack of decent jobs today is hindering this period of transition for young people and their future economic participation. Participants expressed worries related to job insecurity, short term contracts, low wages, amidst rising costs of living and difficulties in obtaining adequate practical work experience. This could lead to debts, including student loans and family well-being

 

 

The conclusion of this e-discussion was that despite the current youth employment challenge, most young people are makers rather than breakers. Although many youth conveyed a lack of confidence in their futures, there remains – nonetheless – hope.

The UN means that societies cannot afford to neglect young people and their skills, knowledge, energy and potential. They cannot expect young people to study hard and work hard as the traditional means to decent work and success, amidst diminishing evidence of its effectiveness. Young people require financial and social investments to fulfill their potential, to transition into adulthood and to be active and engaged citizens. Decent jobs not only contribute to young people’s lifetime employment success, they have a proven multiplier effect on family well-being, the health of national economies and societies at large.

As one of the participants said: We want to make a difference. We want a chance to work. We want to prove ourselves.”

Do you recognise yourself in any of the above mentioned points?

 

Source:

http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/youth-employment/lang–en/index.htm#a1

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7 thoughts on “Youth (un)employment, in young peoples point of wiev

  1. Yes I know youth unemployment is a big problem. At University of Huelva I have last 5 exams and when I came home I must find a job and I know that this will be difficult. I wish that I could work in a sector that suited my qualifications, but in crisis is every job ok. So I can tell you that is youth (un)employment really big big problem. I also thinking that maybe continue my studies at master that I can bee more competitive on market. But every student in those days thinking like me. In Slovenia we have another problem, because, in my opinion, our school system is not good. School system is change every time wen comes new government, few years ago they start bolonian system but now they want cancel it. And what about us, whose studied in bolonian system? So I can´t be competitive on market? I am sure that in other countries have young peoples the same problems. We, young people are future, so please help us an we will help you!

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  2. This is a really sad development on the global labour market. I think especially after graduation young people are really motivated and keen to work and are open to invest a lot of time in their job to achieve success. But if you have to face such a complicated situation in the beginning of your working life which is at the same time the beginning of a vicious circle this really discourage young people, I can imagine. I think it is really scary what was mentioned in the comment before, that students already know it they do not have solid opportunities after graduation. I have already heard before that many of them just continue studying in the master program. And then the vicious circle goes on because sometimes they are just overqualified afterwards instead of being more competitive.

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  3. In general, it’s sorrowful situation, which affect all of us- students. By the way, increasing youth unemployment is also very big problem in my country- Latvia. As I’m just only 2nd year student, I’m upset and nervous about where I will be working after finishing university. I can’t admit that our level of education is very high, because most of studies are based just on theoretical argument. But to improve my knowledge, I need to search and looking for new practical information somewhere else- so that’s I’m doing all the time and I know that I will achieve my goals. In my opinion, if most of students or young people don’t have faith that after highschool/ university they will not have job or education, that it’s their problem, because if you really want to develop your skills and level of education, you will find a way.Problem is that young people are lazy and they don’t want to do extra research/ work. Of course, I admit that is very hard to find a job and get in labour market. But everything is up to you, If you want to achieve smth., first you have to start actively participate in different kind of organisation during your studies such as Student Council, Local organisation, Internship- where you can get for free practical experience doing different kind of jobs. If you have lack of abilities, think what how you could improve that- because there exist several ways, even for free, how to develop them. Do your best for yourself and stop complaining that you don’t have choises – you have that!

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  4. Youth unemployment is serious problem and all the youg people have to face this.i guess, for many companies is important experience in prax not only teoretical knowledges..so many absolvents,good absovents with good teoretical knowledge but not much experience have to face to no interest from the employer´s side..

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  5. I agree with this! Youth unemployment is a huge problem which seems to be affecting most countries across the globe. There is a serious mismatch between the actual needs of the labour market and the skills and capabilities held by young people.

    I think the most important point is the reluctance of companies to provide positions to those who have no ‘real’ work experience and are fresh from finishing their degrees. This sparks a cycle of receiving a qualification then being unable to gain employment due to lack of experience and not being able to gain experience due to unemployment!

    This much of the time results in young people being employed in roles for which they are extremely over qualified and being unable to utilise the skills they learned in university which have the potential to stimulate the economy.

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  6. I agree with this! Youth unemployment is a huge problem which seems to be affecting most countries across the globe. There is a serious mismatch between the actual needs of the labour market and the skills and capabilities held by young people.
    I think the most important point is the reluctance of companies to provide positions to those who have no ‘real’ work experience and are fresh from finishing their degrees. This sparks a cycle of receiving a qualification then being unable to gain employment due to lack of experience and not being able to gain experience due to unemployment!
    This much of the time results in young people being employed in roles for which they are extremely over qualified and being unable to utilise the skills they learned in university which have the potential to stimulate the economy.

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