Chloe Tye: Don’t panic - there’s no need to fear the future
In the latest of our series of 'Young Reporter' articles by aspiring young journalists, Chloe Tye talks about life after school.
FEAR and panic. These are the feelings you get when standing on the edge of a cliff, facing Lord Sugar in The Apprentice boardroom after failing your sixth consecutive task or what most young people struggle with when their school days are coming to an end.
The phrase "exams are getting easier" is probably familiar to most young people on the planet but it's not really encouraging.
Now, I do not want to sound patronising, but when a teenager gets a good exam result please do not say "that's nothing to be proud of, exams are easy, and why didn't you get full marks?"
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This may sound crazy but it does happen.
If you are one of those delightful individuals, feel guilty, and next time your child does well in an exam buy them an ice cream. It will save you years of therapy in the long term.
If a young person thinks exams are pointless where are they going to end up in life when they put zero effort in?
Living at home with their parents, that's where. Another reason to always encourage your child's education.
What is the next step to take in life? Where do you go?
Many schools push for their pupils to go to university, but whether this is to improve their education or boost the school's statistics is up for debate.
If university is not a young person's chosen option, never fear, while some schools try to hide it, there is another way… You can get a job! Crazy talk, but it has been known.
Young people are completely capable of entering the world of work without going onto further education but as Abby said in her previous article the world of employment is a competitive place.
Facing it is a daunting task. The youth of today have a choice. They can either viciously destroy all competition to get that one job that a hundred people are qualified for, give up the job search and go on benefits or turn to a life of crime.
To me, none of these seem very appealing, but there is an opinion that all young people are totally comfortable with backstabbing their fellow job seekers or just are not bothered at all because they are too lazy to care. The problem with the current job situation is, if young people do not have any jobs to do they are just going to leave and find someplace where the grass really is greener.
Let us also be upfront about the fact that young people like to have a good time, there are years before responsibilities kick in so what is the issue? I will tell you what the issue is. When young people go on group holidays or go to festivals it's the chance for them to have a break before the reality of life and tedious decision making starts.
It is NOT as many foolishly think to drink, take drugs and end up in a stranger's tent/hotel room.
Having fun does not mean disturbing the peace. Many groups of youths go on holiday to party at night and visit historical ruins in the day! Maybe not all of them do but at the end of the day they paid for the holiday and you took your family to a known club scene because it was half the price of the "family friendly" resort so who is really to blame?
The future for young people is up to the individual, but if society were more open-minded, maybe more young people would find the right way to go, be it plumber, deep sea diver or jewellery model on the shopping channel.