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Youth Unemployment - Degree or Not, It's Hard Getting Work

Dan Damon Dan Damon | 08:15 UK time, Tuesday, 3 November 2009

On Thursday 5th Nov, World Update will come from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS. We're looking at the growing disillusionment of young people, many of whom feel that however hard they try, however dedicated they are to their studies, they will either spend a long time unemployed or have to lower their sights and get a much less prestigious and exciting job.

I'd like your experiences, and your questions to our expert guests, including David Blanchflower, who has warned that the figure of one in five under-25s currently out of work in the UK is just the "lull before the storm" as graduates and school leavers enter a tough job market.

We'll hear from graduates on the job hunt, a recruitment consultant with tips to make you stand out from the crowd, special reports from Spain and Japan (two places credit-crunched more than most) and what happens if you decide NOT to get qualified? We'll hear from Zahra and Chris who both chose the non-university route and who are crucially, both working full-time right now.

And what about those who come to developed countries for a better future? How has the economic downturn hit people like Ibrahim from BangladeshView image?

Please use the comments to tell us your story and put your questions.


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