Youth unemployment has been a hot topic in the news lately, with youth unemployment rates reaching as high as 40% in economically troubled countries such as Spain. While the outlook is not so grim in Canada, many people are still concerned. Youth often face more difficulties finding work during a recession because of increased competition from more experienced candidates.
It’s not all bad news. Companies are starting to realize that as baby-boomers retire they will be left with a large employment gap to fill. This means that young people need to be trained and ready to move into these roles. One of the easiest ways for companies with limited resources during difficult times to train potential new employees is by hiring young contract workers. When the company recovers, it can then hire the trained youth for more contract projects, or in a permanent position.
In Canada there are jobs available for youth – just not always permanent full time jobs that they expect after completing their education. However, temporary or contract work could actually be the best answer for youth. Many young people want mobility; they want to have time off from work to travel, or they want to move to new and exciting places. Contract work allows young people to work and earn money, and have the mobility they crave.
Similarly, many young people do not have enough experience to know what type of work they enjoy doing. Contract work allows youth to “test” various industries and roles in a non-committal manner. If they do not enjoy the job, they can easily move on to something else.
Difficult economic times are often more difficult for young people. However, by pursuing contract work, youth can build their skills and knowledge as well as find the freedom that they desire.
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