The current job climate is fucking young people completely – here’s why: http://www.livemaguk.com/shocking-statistics-on-young-people-not-coping/

(Sidenote: I wrote this when I was 18, and feeling pretty bitter)

In 2013 the Princes Trust revealed it’s annual Youth Index, a study into the lives of young people, analysing their feelings, confidence and ambitions. It hit the headlines that one in 10 young people were struggling to cope with everyday life.

At the heart of all this negativity is a battle for employment, self-esteem and a sense of feeling, giving them the aspirations to feel like they are a part of a bigger picture. But, in a climate where newspapers are filled with the destructive, overtly negative, or the over-reciprocated story of the media junkie who made a business out of building his own brand, there’s a social pressure on young people to make a change, inspire, succeed and leave a trace. Or, at the other side of the scale, they find a means to stop themselves being the victim of another cold killing – caught up by the man on man mentality that permeates the streets of every major city in the UK.

One in five of those interviewed were unemployed, one in six were considered a ‘neet’ – ‘not in education, employment or training’ to those who don’t have the suffer the gross mislabelling that leaves those young people feeling divided from the rest of society.

But that’s hard, and a minor problem when compared to the job climate many young people are entering into. Further division between the well educated, and those that suffer problems in education mean there’s an inability to access jobs deemed rewarding or aspirational. And anything considered a career is a gross over-statement when you realise that entering into one means six months plus of unpaid internships for corporations where you know your boss is being paid a bonus far beyond that of your parent’s own salary.

Even when you’re in work, rising taxes eat away a majority of your paycheck, while expenditure on travel, food and rent increases year on year. As a London citizen, on minimum wage, many would be lucky to have any money left after paying their landlady and renewing their travelcard for another month of bending over backwards as a sales assistant for snarky, disrespectful customers and overbearing bosses.

It’s any wonder it takes a study to reveal all this to us. It stares at us everyday, through the bitter expressions hidden under the headphones of commuters who get off at Oxford Circus and Stratford, and through to the torment that leaves grief stricken mothers pouring their hearts out to news station cameras. Take this as a plead for understanding.

Why is it we’re abandoning our children’s hopes first? This isn’t an issue or race, class or background, it’s an issue of forgetting to give hope to a generation defaced by the media, politicians and employers.

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