Youth Unemployment

I watched Newsnight a couple of nights ago and they had a piece on youth unemployment which has just gone over the 1,000,000 mark.

Noticeably, they pointed out that it didn’t start rising significantly with the Coalition government in 2010, nor did it start rising when the shit hit the economic fan back in 2008.

It started rising significantly in 2004.

What struck me even more is just how deluded some of the young people on there were.

I have to admit that I think I was probably just as equally deluded when I was a youngster, and I blame it partly on the education establishments for not setting realistic expectations.  And on the inexperience of youth.

Certain young people on there made me burst out laughing – one demanded that graduates be given good jobs just because they had a degree, as if doing a degree entitles you to a good, well-paid job instantly.  So arrogant.

Another complained that only 1 person out of 100 on her Media Studies course got a job doing what they wanted to do, ie work in the media.  Erm…

And another was complaining that her college had withdrew the course on song-writing that she wanted to do, because she wants to be a singer.

It is a massive problem, and I do feel a lot of sympathy towards them because when I left university in 2000, you didn’t need a degree to get a jobs – companies were struggling to find people to employ, at least here in the boom town of Reading.

I didn’t get to do what I wanted to do when I grew up, ie become a Meteorologist – but I am more than satisfied with running my weather blog.

It would be nice if there was something I could do to help other than blog about it – I wish I owned a company!

Anyway, I’m busy, I need to get back to applying for those Chief Executive Jobs that I deserve.

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One response to “Youth Unemployment

  1. I agree with you here James, the is a sense of deserving among a lot of people these days, the sense of working hard to excel above you peers and fight to do what you want is no longer there across large sections of society which is a shame as it is that drive to excel that makes us better.

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