A dream job – mission impossible when you are young? We think the exact opposite. Unfortunately, nowadays young people usually do not have enough work experience and savings that could become a kind of “safety cushion” that allows them to survive a period of difficulties. Therefore, young people are one of the vulnerable groups of the population and may be more affected by unemployment. As a part of our “Work Fewer” project, we conducted a survey to find out the opinions of young people on youth unemployment problems, to share their experiences. The results were shocking. Did you know that more than 70% of our young respondents noticed an increase in unemployment in their countries or that 65% of them had problems with finding jobs?
The standard explanation for high unemployment among young people is usually the lack of necessary skills or experience among young people, which obviously complicates and lengthens the search for a job. Often, the difficulties that young people face in the process of finding a job with a decent salary and actually finding employment, they share with older people. The common idea that Covid-19 only affected adults and the elderly is wrong, even though the first months of the pandemic showed that young people are more resilient to the disease than older people. But are they also more resilient to its social and economic impacts?
We also asked respondents what soft skills they think are the most important when looking for a job, and according to the results communication skills are in the first place!
So in order to improve communication and other important youth skills that are likely to be in high demand in the post-coronavirus world, the youth exchange “Work-Fever” will be organised in Lithuania, in June 2022.🗓
With this youth exchange, we would like to give a chance for youth to learn from each other and deepen their understanding of the work industry.
We are planning a youth exchange in Vilnius and looking for participants from partner countries such as Lithuania, Greece, Spain, Romania, Turkey, and Germany. The project is fully funded by the European Union. If interested – contact firstname.lastname@example.org