Young people are constantly stereotyped; from what they wear to how they act. We need to break the mould! Not all of us are the thugs the older generation speak of, yes there are some, but most of us are here to achieve greatness.
More than two-thirds of 14-17-year-olds believe that their job prospects are negatively affected due to negative portrayals of teenagers in the media.
The media seems to only focus on the bad, where’s the good? Many young people are making a change. Malala Yousafzai is a great example of that, using her terrible past to encourage girls to stand with her campaign for the right to education around the world. There are so many more amazing young people, changing the world for the better.
Inequality within society isn’t touched upon enough; young people shouldn’t be pigeon-holed because of the negative opinions surrounding them. The media mainly focuses on the downfalls, and this can be very impactful for young people, especially when trying to get a job.
If you are under 25, you are three times more likely to be unemployed than the rest of the general population.
Tackling the stereotype!
Tips on how to increase the chances of getting a job.
Try to recognise what route you want to go down. What would be your dream job and how would you get it? Aspire and achieve.
Your CV is what employers look at. It needs to highlight all of your best qualities, personal and contact details and skills and achievements. A CV paired with a portfolio to exhibit your talent will set you out from the rest.
Ask people if they know about job opportunities or look online, there are so many resources to help you out.
Get as much experience as you can, this shows employers you are dedicated and ready to work.
You need to have an angle, something that makes you stand out from the rest. It can be an extracurricular activity or a hobby, express your uniqueness!