#1. Generation COVID: How the young are working round pandemic-hit job market
When the world got hit by the COVID-pandemic in 2020, very few expected it would bring such a long-lasting impact on so many of us. Young people, in particular, have struggled to adjust to this new reality. According to the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO), one in six young people have stopped working since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and about half reported a delay in their studies. Their life-long careers have most likely been severely affected. To mitigate this setback, many have been forced to become more entrepreneurial, work in the gig economy, pursue independent projects, or become freelancers. With so many applicants chasing so few jobs these days and with young people being three times as likely to be unemployed than people aged over 25, young people have shown more interest in developing digital skills such as coding, AI skills, or online editing. To read more on how the pandemic has affected young people, click here.