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Students not confident over job prospects

Published: March 15, 2016

Nearly a third of students believe it will take them at least 12 months to get a job.

That is according to a new report by Young Enterprise, which found that nearly  one in three (30 per cent) 16-18 year olds expect to wait over a year to secure a job after leaving full-time education.

Half of youngsters said that part of the reason for their difficulty in securing a job is due to competition from international workers.In addition, 46 per cent blamed their situation on the ongoing financial recession and believed there were fewer jobs available.Many also cited financial inequality as being the reason behind their difficulty, with 16 per cent stating that unpaid internships are only available to those from high-income families.

Indeed, this suggests that for many of those from working class backgrounds, the ability to secure the necessary part-time of full-time internships was greatly compromised.

More than half (58 per cent) of young people believe they will struggle to find employment due to a lack of experience.A further 31 per cent feel they are not being taught the necessary key employment skills required in the workplace, such as teamwork, confidence and problem solving.

Speaking about the findings, Michael Mercieca, chief executive of Young Enterprise, said: “Youth unemployment has been a blight on the lives of millions of young people across the UK for too long. It brings with it serious financial and social implications both for the individuals and for wider economic productivity and growth.

“Academic attainment is only part of the journey to building a well-rounded individual and workforce. Our research has found that young people are seriously concerned with how they will attain the necessary skill sets to enter and succeed in the world of work.”

When questioned, 34 per cent of youngsters think employers expect too many qualifications, while 33 per cent think employers require too much work experience.

In addition, 22 per cent think that expectations are also too high around character skills development.

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