William Arthur: Youth unemploymemt in the Bay

William Arthur

William Arthur - Credit: Archant

With restrictions easing, more young people are bursting out of houses to see their long-missed friends and to return to the working world over the summer.

Finding a summer job will be easier said than done

Finding a summer job will be easier said than done - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Teens in the modern world are perhaps more victim to the internal battles that come with having too much extra time.

Many of my peers and friends have found themselves part-time work which has significantly helped them to find a grounding in reality and earn income while out of education.

One thing I have learnt, from my own experience and the words of others, is that we need a system which allows us to function during the chaotic waves of life.

In an odd interphase between total lockdown and our old lives, I now feel a strange sense of separation from the outside world; things seem to be functioning normally once again, yet I still feel as if our old lives are far out of reach.

Being in full-time education has posed its usual challenges, so upon entering this summer break, it may be useful for young people, including myself, to find something to fill the time. The most obvious, yet not easy solution – get a job!

The gesture of finding part- or full-time work over the summer months is easier said than done, yet the statistics suggest the number of young people aged 16 to 18 in employment has increased through the help of partnership programs and employment opportunities.

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One article written by Torbay Council demonstrates this clearly. However, there are obvious anomalies in the success rates of employment in the Bay; Covid-19 has had a profound impact on both youths and adults.

Many businesses have closed down, yet the seaside resort can still rely, at least temporarily, on the economy provided by tourism over the coming months.

Perhaps one vital lesson to learn from this struggle of unemployment in a post-pandemic society is the ability to reflect on our situation as a high income country – not in defeat but with humility, realising that many endure the struggles we face as the norm.