Enrich is 24, German, just graduated from University of Leipzig with a degree in Sports Science. Josephine just graduated in social sciences from the Cézanne University in the southeast of France; she is 23, blonde, gracious and full of energy.
Luca has a clear cut project for his future: despite his degree in law – mostly attained in order to make his dad happy – he is going to follow his own artistic vein: playing music on his classical guitar and the piano.
He is Italian, 30, and lives in Berlin, Germany. Three young people of our times, three different stories with a common scenario: are they really entitled to freely shape their future?
Does our society give them the opportunity to choose what they feel fits best with their personalities? Or, rather, isn’t that true that they will probably follow the current flowing through canals carved out by the erosion of general thinking and habit of our time?
The subject of young generations entering into the work force is not easy to handle, both from an economic and a social stand point, this is why we have chosen it as the cover story for our 10th issue; a tribute to the “young contributors” of our society.
What are the opportunities, then, for young people? Enrich, Josephine and Luca are all probably statistically recorded in the category of economically “inactive people”: that is, according to the International Labor Organization definition, those people who are not part of the labor force because they are neither employed nor unemployed; they are not working and not looking for work.
But if they looked for employment the scenario would inevitably be dark and the percentage of the NEET population (not in employment, education end training) is even more frightening.
Our days have prepared us to overturn assumptions: higher education – we were taught – facilitate employment and yet paradox does exist (e.g. in Italy) where a new type of unemployment is recorded amongst young people classified as “overeducated.”
The issue is not only of an economic nature; youngsters suffer a general discomfort in trying to express their personalities and passions in the work environment.