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Three quarters of young Brits think they'll "never achieve their dreams"


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Having a successful career, going to university and owning a house are seen as ‘fantasies’ for millions of young people, according to new research.

Three quarters of Brits aged 16-25 are also unconvinced they’ll ever be able to land a job they love – something which was far more achievable for the previous generation.

Eight in 10 young people said they fear other people going for the same positions as them are stronger candidates with better CVs and better experience.

One in 10 don’t think they’ll be able to go to university, while owning a house is considered to be completely unobtainable by 40% of respondents.

Living debt free, being able to cope without relying on parents for financial support, and earning more than the average British salary of £26,500 are also seen as unattainable.

While the study of 1,500 16 to 25 year-olds, conducted by youth volunteering charity vInspired to mark the end of Volunteers’ Week 2016, also found out 42% consider travelling the world to be a pipedream.

Jessica Taplin, CEO of vInspired, says: “The results highlight the pressures young people face today.

“Access to the job market, uncertain financial futures and mental health issues are all problems we see young people come up against first-hand.

“However, we believe that there are other ways young people can gain valuable experience and make them more employable despite some challenging economic circumstances.”

Many young adults don’t think they’ll ever be able to move to a major city such as London or Manchester due to high living costs, competition for jobs and house prices.

A further 15% say they have no hope of ever buying their own car, and 17% say having a family seems unrealistic at the moment.

Going to university feels unachievable for 13% of those aged 16 to 25, while 16% don’t feel like anyone would ever want to take a chance of them.

When it comes to securing their ideal job, seven in 10 people polled said the competition nowadays is so intense they would need completely new qualifications in order to stand any chance at all of success.

Yet 87% of respondents said the high cost of gaining an education is massively impacting their chances of getting the job they’ve always wanted.

Three quarters of those polled recognise that doing voluntary work would make them more employable - and 77% of respondents are currently volunteering or would consider doing so in the future.

And around 80% of participants think volunteering can teach you things a degree or other postgraduate qualifications might not, thus making them more employable.

Two thirds of respondents said voluntary work meant they could “make a difference”, while over 56% said it gives you motivation and half says it makes you more open-minded.

Jessica Taplin said: “We know that the skills young people gain when volunteering help increase wellbeing and lead to employability.

“So we’re delighted to see from this survey that so many young people really value their volunteering experience."

Top 10 unobtainable dreams for young people:

1. Travelling the world

2. Owning a house/getting on the property ladder

3. Earning more than the average British salary (£26,500)

4. Being debt free

5. Reaching the top of your career ladder

6. Getting a job you love

7. Not having to borrow additional funds to get by

8. Not having to depend on other people such as parents for financial support

9. Having the opportunity to gain experience in pursuit of your dream job

10. Moving to a major city such as London or Manchester

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