High school, university, graduation and then career, the line to success is no longer linear. With a staggering population of unemployed youth, especially 1981-1994 babies, something has to be said about the issue.
A university degree was once a guarantee to obtaining a job but is now merely a stepping stone. As the most educated generation, one has to wonder why so few youths have a job. It is no shock that youths with jobs are often overqualified for their jobs. Why?
Although youth make up a third of the population there are few job perspectives for them. A large contributing factor to this dilemma is that baby boomers are postponing their retirements. As more baby boomers continue to work, there is less space for youth to enter the workforce and take senior positions.
According to the National Post article, “by 2030, millennials will make up roughly 75% of the workforce, and the last of the boomers will be leaving the labour market, while the oldest millennials — just shy of 50 — will be entering leadership roles.” Find the link to this article at the end of this post.
Although this matter is complex I believe there are some ways youth can begin to help themselves.
A key step for youth is to voice their concerns to their local government representatives in order to get the support they so desperately need. This in return will help get their voices heard and concerns addressed. It is no surprise that this tactic would be most effective in large numbers. The more youths continue to write in, the harder it will be to ignore the message. University and college students as a whole need to be more proactive and involved in shaping their future.
Secondly, youth can begin to vote. MP’s are less likely to address the needs of a group that is not going to give them potential votes. Although voting is not a guarantee to have youth voices heard, it is a step in the right direction. MP’s will take youth opinions seriously, if youth take voting seriously.
Of course, this is not a linear line, the effort will take time.
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