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Some Job Challenges that Facing our Youngsters


Lack of employment opportunities has been ranked top of a list of challenges facing our youngsters. To assess the nature of the challenges they face today.

Some Job Challenges that Facing our Youngsters

Most people surveyed believe that the biggest challenge they face is being unable to find a productive place within society, either within the mainstream education system or satisfactory employment.

The main challenge, however, is not the number of jobs created but the quality of those jobs ensuring that the jobs that are created are decent and create sustainable work for young people. We identified the need to improve the quality of working conditions through better minimum wages regulation, health and safety at work and social security provision.

The other problem is the communication gap between them and their elders the former believing themselves to be old enough for taking their own decisions for matters personal or social while the latter just refuse to hand over this responsibility to them.

It can be justly said that this age is the most difficult part of life and each and every one of us have to pass. Another most common problem a young person faces at this phase of life is peer pressure. There are pressures by either dares or threats into doing what one would rather avoid. Some people are naturally competitive and they strive to act in ways that could help settle their 'image' either to impress or intimidate others.

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Sometimes, racism and/or discrimination against people of opposite gender, caste, creed or religion makes them a victim of emotional disorder. They have low self-esteem and can easily be overridden by views of other people

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There will be more over-qualified job seekers and graduates going after fewer available job vacancies due mainly to automation and the aging population. As a result, more young people especially will increasingly be forced into spending more time in higher education. In the process of acquiring more head knowledge, they will also be incurring more student loan debts that will weigh them down financially and socially, causing them financial stress. This has also increased mental health issues experienced by many young people.

The workplace is ever-changing. Employers are demanding increasing flexibility, adaptability, short-term contracts, and project-based work, while workers are increasingly demanding job security, higher wages, and better work conditions. The workplace is ever-changing. Employers are demanding increasing flexibility, adaptability, short-term contracts, and project-based work, while workers are increasingly demanding job security, higher wages, and better work conditions. Unfortunately, this gap will only increase over time in the future.

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In response to a very competitive business environment, employers are constantly restructuring and practicing just-in-time hiring and contracting. They are increasing their use of short-term skilled workers or contractors as and when the need arises without the headaches of fixed overheads and permanent workforce. The use of temporary workers and automation will continue to put downward pressure on salaries and wages. Automation will constantly transform or eliminate jobs and careers. Tasks within the jobs and skills needed to perform jobs. Many people will have to shift to higher-skilled jobs away from the manual or physical work as they are replaced by robots. But there will not be much salary growth as under-employed workers will be forced to take on shorter-term or lower-paying jobs just to pay their bills and survive.

The social impact of under-employed over-qualified graduates will be increasing if nothing drastic is done to minimize and manage these challenges. For over-qualified graduates, they can remain under-employed for a very long time. The half-life of knowledge is also decreasing. Technology is generating significant amounts of data where now jobs like data scientist have emerged.

It is more instructive to examine which jobs rely on skill sets that machines are unable to replicate because it is these jobs that will be most resilient and future-proof in terms of their requirement for uniquely human labor.

The youth employment challenge cannot be fully understood or resolved without creating meaningful and accessible spaces for young people to engage in decision making and policy development or hold those, who make decisions on their behalf, accountable.

  Zarina Kamal       Saturday, 23 Nov 2019       328 Views

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