Young and jobless: Have you been affected?

A jobs sign is seen on the front of the US Chamber of Commerce building in this September 2, 2010 'Austerity measures are hurting job creation'

High youth unemployment is one of the biggest problems confronting societies around the world, condemning whole generations to a life of much reduced income.

In our special report we look at the challenges facing today's young and jobless, and the attempts to overcome the problem.

BBC News would like your help to explain what it is like to be young and jobless all over the world.

We're looking for young people around the world with a strong story to tell. We're especially looking for young Russians who travelled to the US to study. Did you stay there or did you return home in a bid to find work?

  • Have you experienced difficulties finding employment?
  • How long have you been looking for full-time work?
  • If you've been able to find a job recently, share your tips for success.

We're looking for stories emerging from all over the world, so if you are aged between 18 and 24 and are unemployed, we would like to hear from you. Please remember to add a contact telephone number, social media details and email address if you are happy to speak to a BBC journalist.

Send your pictures and videos to yourpics@bbc.co.uk or text them to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (International). If you have a large file you can upload here.

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