November 27, 2012

Young Italians? Anything but “choosy”!

Economy

Young Italians? Anything but “choosy”!

A few days ago, a study by Bankitalia was published, examining the question of youth employment. As usual, it was difficult to find any good news: the rate of unemployment is still high, too high. Nevertheless, it was interesting to view this report in the light of the debate that followed the comments by Minister Fornero on this particular theme. Are our young people too “choosy” in deciding whether to accept or to turn down a job? Are they fussy to the point of foregoing the chance to work and earn themselves a future, preferring to wait for their dream job to come along?

The contents of the Bankitalia study paint an altogether different picture. One graduate in four has an occupation requiring “low or no qualifications”, and one in three is doing a job that not what they studied for.  As one may well imagine, the situation worsens in relation to humanities graduates, and this is a real waste, especially in a country like ours with such a vast (and often undervalued) cultural heritage.  These are young people who forego their quite legitimate ambitions with a heavy heart. But they roll up their sleeves to learn skills that they could never have imagined themselves undertaking when they embarked on their course of studies.

A glance at the situation abroad helps to reinforce this conviction that our young people are by no means inflexible. Indeed, the Bankitalia study indicates that Italian graduates are actually more ready to adapt than others: more than young Germans, for example. With our Unemployee of the Year campaign, we decided to focus on some of the myths surrounding the theme of youth unemployment. It is most certainly not true that our young people are lazy, unmotivated or anarchic. And now we know that they are not too “choosy” either.

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