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European Union To Discuss Lost Generation

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  Original Published: 6/26/2013 This Friday, European Union leaders will meet to discuss what to do about the continent's "lost generation." Consider this staggering statistic: one in four people under age 25 are out of work in the Euro area. This week, we're examining how the unemployment crisis is affecting Europe's youth. In the United Kingdom, one-million young Britons are jobless. And, asIsa Soares reports, a newly-minted degree does not guarantee a job. Queuing up for a new start, it's open day at this university. "Hi, who's next?" They are the next generation of workers, still finding their way. "I've never been to a university," says one person, while another says, "I don't really know what I really want to do yet, so I'm nervous and excited at the same time." "For these 18-year-olds, it's all about making the right decision," says CNN's Isa Soares." Am I going to the right university, taking the right course, spending too much money? It may seem trivial, but given the current economic crisis, and the crisis their generation is facing, today matters." The writing on the wall really tells the tale. Youth unemployment here in the UK has recently topped one-million. The unemployment rate stands at just under eight percent, but young people, that number tops 20 percent. These are some of the faces behind those numbers. They will graduate in less than a month. But already, their worries are palpable. "How many of you have unpaid internships or a full-time job?" asked Soares. "I have a job but it's not to do with my degree," says Sultana Nahar, a university student. "So, it's unreleated," asked Soares. "Yes, it's unreleated," answered Nahar. "And it's unpaid." Out of the six of them, only Philli Wood has a job lined up and that will end in six months. Not even an expensive education can secure her a career. "I think it is frustrating that you can do four years, studying really hard for four years and you come out of it and you," says Phill Wood, a university student. "I have to take up a second job to be able to live in London. I can't really afford to live here just on my salary." Some here feel hard done-by. "You don't get told once you're at college or at school, you don't really get told that is difficult to get a job," says Nahar. "You're told you're qualified and you're in the best position to get a job." Others are disheartened at how the crisis is shaping their lives, forcing some to get out there and work before they're ready. "I thinl if I was to do an MA it would cost me so much to do it and once I have finished it I would be in the exactly same position and I just think I could get two years of experience and that would put me in a better position than if I had done an MA," says Wood. Many though are realistic about the future. They know all too well the hard work is only beginning. "So many people are graduating, but there are not enough jobs out there," says Nahar. "I think you need a lot of experience. Competition seems to be so tough these days. I think that's one of my worries." Just one of the many, no doubt, that will keep this generation awake at night.
   
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