The insightful piece, on Australia’s growing youth unemployment crisis, details the setbacks faced by young people when the jobs market fails to offer enough opportunities.
“Early experiences of unemployment can have debilitating and lasting consequences for young job seekers, which include ongoing poverty, poor health and exclusion from mainstream economic, civic and social life.”
The authors – Sally James and Diane Brown (both from youth transitions) and Farah Farouque (public affairs and policy) – are also aware that statistics and research can’t tell the whole story. Young people themselves must be heard, they say, and their concerns and hopes should be listened to carefully.
For this reason the article begins with Troy, who in 2014 – as an unemployed 19-year-old – stepped out of his comfort zone to speak publicly on the challenges he and many others encounter when searching for work in a rapidly changing world.
To learn more read the full article, and find out how Troy’s story ends.
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