Youth Unemployment

Employment statistics that came out this week say that 5 young people are now competing for every entry level job advertised across Australia.

So how do we future proof our kids (or yourself, if you are in the 18-25 age group)? Here are 6 suggestions.

  1. Get a part time job while at school – work experience of any kind assists when trying to get a job later on. It has been shown that part time work up to 10 hrs a week actually has a positive impact on school results as it develops organisational skills, so parents don’t worry about having less study time.
  2. Take every opportunity you can in school, in a sports club, charity organisation, workplace to develop soft skills – leadership, communication, initiative, flexibility, planning and organisation, It is these skills that will set you apart from the crowd when applying for jobs.
  3. Turn off social media from time to time just to focus on your own ideas and thoughts – creativity is born out of boredom!
  4. Turn off social media from time to time just to talk to people to improve your verbal communication skills including your ability to express ideas clearly and convincingly.
  5. Choose training and academic courses that lead to a job outcome. Check out Australian jobs government publication to see current and future job growth predictions in all industries.
  6. Choose training and academic courses that lead to a job outcome. Many courses include a work placement/experience or at the very least industry based projects as part of the required learning and assessment.

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