Young job-seekers widely believe work would help them progress in life. The perceptions of young unemployed people of working life are widely positive. A survey conducted by the Finnish Slot Machine Association (RAY) finds that nearly three in four young job-seekers want to find employment over the next 12 months and over one in two are ready to accept almost any kind of work.

The survey by RAY canvassed the attitudes of 18—29-year-old unemployed people toward work and working life.

Women, in particular, expressed their flexibility, with 59 per cent of female respondents indicating their willingness to also accept work that does not correspond to their training.

Meanwhile, 68 per cent of all respondents said that they would be ready to accept part-time work and 69 per cent that they would also be interested in apprenticeship training, the survey finds.

In addition, the respondents widely voiced their belief in their ability to contribute to working life and that work would help them progress in life. They also deemed work a crucial and significant part of life.

“The survey shows that the myth of lazy young people is inaccurate. They have a realistic perception of working life and a positive attitude toward working,” argues J-P Hietsilta, the head of a young people's steering group at Paikka auki, RAY's employment support programme.

The findings also suggest that young people want to get by on their own, Hietsilta adds, pointing out that they would on an average settle for a monthly net income of 1,453 euros. “Young people view that the salary should be enough to get by and would prefer not to apply for financial support [after finding work],” he says.

Linda Nyholm, 24, a member of the nine-person steering group, believes young people have been ignored in the ongoing discussion on social alienation. Several young people, she says, have a genuine desire to find work but have been demoralised by long periods of joblessness.

“For many, the threshold is three months if all they have to do is to sit at home and send applications, the majority of which will never even be replied to,” describes Nyholm.

Pauliina Grönholm – HS
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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