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2017 06 10 myths"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 Young people.jpgavailable.

- 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!

- People over 45 once averaged 10 years in the same job, now that number is down to six and a half years!
- About a quarter of 20 to 34 year olds change jobs in any given year. This is exactly the same than in 1993 (start of data collection in this space).
- American figures go earlier than 1993 and they show the same results.

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.

- While earnings have gone up, by almost tenfold, house prices have gone up by more than thirtyfold in that same period of time.
- In 1988 the average home loan was 32% of the average disposable household income by 2015 it was 134%.
- Average rental costs have increased by 44% in last decade.
- Average cost of a 3 year undergraduate degree in 1980 was $0, now it is $26,298.

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!

Let me know what you think by commenting below or email me at steven.dupon@ymca.org.au

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