Teenagers ‘optimistic about jobs’

20 November 2008 — Leave a comment

The BBC News website is running a story about the findings of a government-commission poll of 15 to 19 year olds. Of the 765 surveyed, nearly 90% felt they would find work – an overwhelming positivity from the young people.

However, when contrasted with another survey on adult’s views of young people joining the workforce, it makes interesting reading. Almost a third of the 1,000 adults questioned thought that teenagers would only work reluctantly, doing the bare minimum to get by.

The surveys appear to highlight a gulf between the attitudes of young people and the older generation’s perception of them.

This reinforces the negative perception of young people by society that Barnardo’s have highlighted through their new campaign.


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I am a qualified youth worker, writer and consultant based in Littlehampton, UK. I've worked in the voluntary youth sector for over 12 years, am married to Kirsty and we have two daughters named Hope and Eloise. Check out 'Journeying Together: Growing Youth Work and Youth Workers in Local Communities' and read my opening chapter.

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