Youth Index 2018

This year’s report shows that concerns about job prospects are weighing on young minds – almost half of young people fear that there will be fewer job opportunities for their generation in the next three years, and the unpredictable political climate is making 59% of young people feel anxious about their future.

Young people’s wellbeing, which dropped last year to its lowest level since the Index was first commissioned, has fallen again to a new low this year, and the number of young people who don’t feel in control of their lives has increased by more than one third year-on-year.

This is the ninth Index and is based on a survey of 2,194 young people aged 16 to 25. The findings suggest that the current job market is holding young people back:

  • One in four working young people feel trapped in a cycle of jobs they don’t want
  • Almost a third (29%) of working young people have to take whatever jobs they can get rather than focus on developing their career
  • 59% of working young people feel they need opportunities to develop their skills before they can think about career options
  • 54% of all young people believe a lack of self-confidence holds them back
  • Almost a third (29%) of all young people think getting relevant work experience is one of the biggest challenges in pursuing a career

Download the full report here

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