Courtesy: Hamid Rahman
Source: The Guardian
By Rachel Obordo and Guardian readers
From student debt to loneliness, young people in Britain share their reasons for why the happiness of 16 to 25-year-olds is so low
Research says that young Britons are unhappy and lack confidence in themselves and their future. But what are the reasons for this?
According to the Prince’s Trust the results from its UK Youth Index shows that three out of five regularly feel stressed about jobs and money, with half saying they experienced a mental health problems, and that the figures should “ring alarm bells”.
Respondents to a Guardian callout said their enormous student debt and the prospect of not being able to own a home were some of the reasons for their generation’s unhappiness. Here are some other suggestions from young people across Britain.
‘Three years in employment and my debt is £46,000’: Alex, 23, software developer, London
I went to university to study physics with the hope of going into scientific research. But after considering factors such as student debt I realised the reality of the situation, and decided to look for jobs that focused around pay instead. I immediately obtained a job after uni but three years on – and despite paying monthly payments of approx £100-150 – my student debt is now at £46,000 due to interest.
‘Students study at a huge financial cost’: Eloise Millard, 23, student, Sheffield
Young people are often sold the lie they need to get to university to get where they need to be. Students study at a huge financial cost, and graduate only to be able not to find work in the fields they want to go into. University has become desirable because of the freedom it gives young people who have never lived away from home. We need to encourage more into vocational jobs and reaffirm to them that these are worthy careers.