You have selected to view this article because you are affected by graduate unemployment, either as a graduate who cannot find work, or somebody close to an unemployed graduate or young qualified person. The same problems arise for all trapped in youth unemployment. This is generally taken as young people between the ages of 16 and 25 years old.I believe that I can offer a solution to beat unemployment for graduates, those with other higher education qualifications, and for youths and the generally young minded of all ages.However, I had no intention to bring you here under false pretenses but:
I have No silver bullet!
I have No magic wand!
In fact I can do little to help you… directly!But I sincerely believe that you can help yourself!And I believe that I can help you in that aim!For a few of you, I do have a solution to offer! (only limited to those with the right mindset)!A summation of your present situation is that you have a degree, or other higher education qualification, but you cannot get a job. Apart from the large number of people chasing each post, you are further handicapped in that you have little, or no work experience to offer alongside your qualification. Without work, you cannot gain work experience!Rather a vicious circle!Much that I have written or gathered for these articles is based purely on common sense. Much is simple and could be viewed as obvious. Neither of these facts make the comments less true, or less valid.I trust that by being outside your immediate family and friends I can provoke you into accepting these as basic facts. Often the simplest things are the hardest to accept. Try to acknowledge that they apply to yourself, and then to act upon them.Sometimes graduates and young people in unemployment feel disappointed, disheartened and discouraged generally and are so down that they do not easily see the obvious and simple things for themselves.Let us break down the present and predictable problems into sections, and then look at means of rectifying, or reducing those problems by areas.1) Your situation:a) Your hopes.b) Your prospects.c) Your rights.2) Your Well-being:a) Lifestyle.b) Health.c) Mental health.3) Solutions:a) Be flexible.b) Widen scope.c) Take anything.1 a) Your hopes and expectations.A while ago it was considered that obtaining a degree was an” open sesame” key to a lifetime of steady employment, often in the same company or establishment for your entire working life, with an elevated salary. It was thought that the fact that you had a degree meant that you had the ability to structure and keep to a learning path towards your chosen goal. This away from the regulated studying in the school environment.The subject of the degree was of little importance. The obtaining of the degree was the be all and end all.That is no longer the case.More and more, employers are expecting the degree subject to be in the field in which you want to work. And with the development in technology in all walks of life, that field is becoming more and more narrow; more clearly defined and precise.You may be feeling disgruntled that you were ill-advised on leaving school as to the path to take towards your chosen career.In your quieter moments you may admit to yourself that you chose an easier subject to study so as to avoid having to work too hard, and enjoy more fully the student lifestyle.You might be disappointed that the course did not go in quite the direction you had anticipated; you may even feel that the course was “miss-sold” to you.All reasonable reasons for feeling let down. Aggrieved even. BUT that changes nothing. You are going to have to accept the situation as it is, and get on with it.You also expected that having obtained your qualification, a suitable and fulfilling job would be waiting for you. Not so, you have now realised.Perhaps you believe that no matter how good the intentions, your school, parents and even the government pushed you into higher education. It was the thing to do!Now you have spent the extra time in further studies, which involved extra effort and financial privations, you are rapidly coming to the conclusion that it was perhaps wasted.Again, hard-luck! You are where you are!It is understandable that you feel that your hopes and expectations have been dashed.1 b) Your Prospects:These are now looking bleak.You have applied for innumerable jobs. You have frequently had no response what-so-ever. Not even the courtesy of a rejection letter. It is as if you don’t exist, or at least, are of little importance in the world, despite being a graduate!It is beginning to sink in that you are one of many in the same situation. The newspapers, radio and television all give out the latest unemployment figures, all of which offer little hope for the future.The U.K. government pats itself on the back because it has set out plans to offer 400,000 job opportunities for the youth of the country. It sounds good at first but then on looking closer, they are only offering these positions for six months! Even if they break all records to get the scheme running in six months time, you will already risk dying of frustration, boredom and despair!Never the less, it will be a start, and would give you some “job experience” at least.The European Union announces aid to the young employed, but again there will be the inevitable delay until they have managed to coax individual countries into action, and then implementation of those actions.The main actions financed directly by the Commission in the new ‘Youth Opportunities initiative’ are:
using €4m to help Member States set up ‘youth guarantee’ schemes to ensure young people are either in employment, education or training within four months of leaving school.
dedicating € 1.3 million to support the setting up of apprenticeships through the European Social Fund. An increase of 10% by the end of 2013 would add a total of 370,000 new apprenticeships.
using €3m of the European Social Fund Technical Assistance to support Member States in the setting up of support schemes for young business starters and social entrepreneurs;
gearing funds as much as possible towards placements in enterprises and targeting at least 130,000 placements in 2012 under ERASMUS (European region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) and Leonardo da Vinci.
providing financial assistance in 2012-2013 to 5,000 young people to find a job in another Member State through the ‘Your first EURES job’ initiative (EURES wishes to increase transnational, interregional and cross-border exchanges of job vacancies and job recruitment).
reinforcing the budget allocation for the European Voluntary Service in order to provide at least 10,000 volunteering opportunities in 2012;
presenting in 2012 a framework for high quality trainee-ships in the EU;
ensuring around 600 further exchanges under Erasmus for entrepreneurs in 2012.But again how quickly? Anyway, what is 450,000 total across 27 countries?1 c) Your Rights.Sorry, but you don’t have any!The world does not owe you a living!The government does not have to provide you with a job!No employer has to give you work!Your academic qualification does not guarantee you a job, it only gives you something else to offer a prospective employer.It only gives you an additional opportunity; it does not give you a job, or a station in life. Those have to be earned!No more than buying a hammer and saw will guarantee you a job as a carpenter.Surely, you have bought very much more than a hammer and saw. More than the best quality of both, even a shiny new chisel to go with them. It still does not mean that people will be queuing on your doorstep to carry out work for them!Your degree, or other qualification, is only an indication of your capabilities.When you do get past the first hurdle, to an interview, it is you yourself that has to be sold standing, or sitting, before the employer. Your qualification is only the smart set of clothes and the interviewer will want to see the real person underneath. They will want to see and appreciate the quality of your character in terms of reliability, dedication and fidelity to your employer, and to your colleagues, or team members. You have to be seen as a real, and whole person.There is one way to beat this situation. MAKE your own way!It could be by taking your own life, into YOUR OWN hands!Look at the OPPORTUNITY to becoming your own employer!Become an ENTREPRENEUR. Mould your own skills and qualifications to form your own life and life-style!Take a calm, serious look at this opportunity offered below!