Young People And Their Employment Challenges

There are over one billion young people across the world today. And this number continues to increase, year upon year. With it, so does the number of problems that adolescents face. Adolescence is the transition period between childhood and adulthood. And it brings gaps and problems. One such issue is unemployment.

26th January 2021
Young People And Their Employment Challenges
Written by Connor Jewiss

There are over one billion young people across the world today. And this number continues to increase, year upon year. With it, so does the number of problems that adolescents face. Adolescence is the transition period between childhood and adulthood. And it brings gaps and problems. One such issue is unemployment.


Young people around the world find themselves facing growing challenges when it comes to looking for employment. This continues to drive up the unemployment figure for their demographic.

The issues facing young people these days are complex and different from those of years gone by. Widely recognised and discussed issues such as inflation, increasing house prices, and rising education fees are only scratching the surface. And this is just the beginning; not only for students, but for all young people. After all, they need to get their money from somewhere to pay for the rising cost of being an adolescent. 

Here are some of the problems young people face when securing jobs or engaging in self-employment:

A Degree Doesn’t Equal A Job

It’s a hard pill to swallow, but young people are increasingly finding that a degree doesn’t always equal a job. Although a university education is an intellectual asset, it doesn’t always guarantee a job, post-graduation. That’s not to say that the knowledge and experience gained during young people’s time at university is irrelevant, but simply that that knowledge and experience can no longer be used to securely guarantee a job as soon as we leave education.

What Comes First: Employment Or Experience?

Just like with the chicken and the egg, we can reframe that question when it comes to experience—how do you gain experience to get employed when you need to get employed to gain experience? 

If you want to get a good job, you need to have experience in that particular niche—and employers are increasingly only employing those with experience. But how do young people gain experience, if they can’t be employed in the first place?! 

Lack Of Flexibility

It’s not only young people who look for jobs with flexibility; in fact, it’s almost all of us. But what does flexibility look like? Especially for young people, a flexible job means one that can fit around their social and educational commitments. 

Whether it’s a One-Off task or flexible hour work, students require a job that can be adapted to fit with their lives. But, most employers will only offer this with zero-hour contracts, which don’t provide the job security that students need. 

Growing Up

Between the ages of 19 and 21, young people face a psychosocial crisis, meaning that social factors heavily affect their behaviour. Young people often find it challenging to realise when it’s time to leave their family and start living on their own. 

Monetising skills is the perfect place to start. By monetising your skills, young people have the chance to dip their toe into the world of work, gaining experience, and perhaps some contacts along the way—not to mention earning a bit of money, too. 

How We Can Help

Now, imagine a market—a platform designed to cater to students. A platform where the average employee is a student. A platform where the employers know this and have accepted this.

Well, you don’t just have to imagine this. That’s what we’ve done at Phavour. Whether it’s a One-Off Task or Freelance project, or a regular Part-Time opportunity offered by a local small business or a reputable chain—Phavour’s got you covered. Our aim is to Make. Students. Money.

On the Phavour platform, employers want to employ students. Experience in a regular job will undoubtedly help with any future full-time employment after graduation, and a regular job is a great way to expand your network.

If you want to find out how Phavour can help you, or have any questions, head over to our contact page to get in touch with us. We would love to hear from you!