Friday 18 November 2011

Letter 45: Unemployment, the human consequence of Plan A

I wonder if any ministers in the Coalition cabinet have children aged between 16 and 24. Think any of them will be included in the youth unemployment figures released this week? No, I didn't think so either... 


@Dan194 said...

Firstly, can you congratulate your youngest for actually thinking about whether she wants to go to university. It is amazing how many believe this is the 'right path' and to deviate from it is to invite poverty, homelessness and hopelessness.

Little do they know that sometimes a mechanic is more likely to find employment than a sociologist.
To your youngest, did she not think of getting a part time job to cover her student debts? I know debts are a bore and all, but considering the greatly reduced interest she was leant the money at, subsidised by the tax payer of course, she hasn't had it too bad.

I'm looking to take people on at the moment, I doubt it will be a young person (seems odd saying that myself, being only 26) as the standard is terrible.

We may well have a lost generation, but they were lost a long time ago. At the point when they were taught to wear jeans lower than their arse to a job interview, or to refer to their interviewer as 'moosh' or 'bruv'.

I'm not saying of course that ever young person is like that, the ones that aren't are getting jobs still, they have energy, enthusiasm and are generally cheaper than any other demographic.

Let's no view the figures out of context though. No more compulsory retirement means people staying in jobs longer, lower interest rates are helping the public as the UK borrows a lot if money to fuel the bloated public spend and lastly, not all these 'unemployed' people are 'job seekers'

Iain said...

Reply to: @Dan194

"To your youngest, did she not think of getting a part time job..."

Unbelievable. Are you condescending to everyone or just students?

*....Because university students are incapable of thinking. That the the precise entry requirement to further and higher education?...*


One of the medical students I mentored in lab science dropped out of university for a while before later continuing her studies. Why? Well she collapsed at her job stacking shelves and was rushed to hospital. Diagnosis? Exhaustion and malnutrition. In one of the richest countries of the world. Her consultants warned her it would be at least a year before she would be healthy enough to return to university.

You'll obviously assume students spend a mere three hours a week on their studies, I advise you go investigate exactly what is required of our young engineers, scientists, medics, dentists etc rather than resorting to the default condescension. Then maybe you could think about it.