"Young people are avocado-eating, latte-sipping work bludgers. They have never had it better and should stop their whinging!" It's a rhetoric that's hurting our young people and everybody else too. Soon we will be relying on this so-called egocentric, lazy generation to provide for the growing group of pensioners. (There are 4.5 Australians for every pensioner. In 2055 that number will be down to 2.7 Australians.)
As Joe hockey once pondered: "How are our children going to be able to afford the future?"
Myth #1: Young people don't want to work.
This is simply not true. Young people want more work but the work is just not available.
- - In the 1970's one in thirty young people reported being underemployed. Now it's about one in six. Underemployment has risen for all age groups but much further and faster for young people.
- - Work is more casual and insecure than ever before. Young people want full time, secure jobs like the ones their parents enjoyed.
Myth #2: Young people change jobs all the time!
Also not true! Young people change jobs at exactly the same rate as 20 years ago. It's old people who are changing jobs more often than ever before!
Myth #3: If you want to buy a house young people should just save their money, not spend it on smashed avocado and $4 coffees.
They'll have to do a bit more than that to be able to afford a house. Not only have house prices skyrocketed over the past 20 years, the cost of education has too.
Myth #4: Young people are lazy
Really?? Young people drink less, commit less crimes, fight less, watch less television, read more, volunteer more, use less drugs, smoke less than you.
We have a responsibility to set our young people up for success, not be demeaning to them. Perpetuating these myths about young people entrenches an ever growing inter-generational divide between the old and the young.
For more information about inter generational divide, please read GENERATION LESS by JENIFFER RAYNER. It's great!
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