Opinion: helping young people find happiness

Chris Jones explains how employers, parents and colleges can help young people find a fulfilling, satisfying career

02 October 2013 / Be the first to comment

In his latest article for FE News, Chris Jones talks about how employers, parents and colleges all have a role to play in helping young people find a fulfilling, satisfying career:

'All too often, young people are labelled in a negative way. The media tends to portray them as self-obsessed and lazy. As a parent, this certainly hasn’t been my experience, and new research from City & Guilds (The Careers Happiness Index: Millennials Edition) proves that young people are extremely hard-working and driven.

'I’m sure many people in the FE sector have had the same experience. Nearly 30% of the 18-24 year olds we surveyed had already started working by age 16, and 20% currently have two or more jobs.

'Additionally, they recognise the need to acquire skills, with 42% of young people acknowledging training and apprenticeships are important steps towards their dream jobs.

'Even though they are clearly an ambitious generation, youth unemployment in the UK remains high. Young people have the desire to break into the world of work, they just need some help. Employers, parents and colleges all have a role to play.'

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