Your views: Bad time to be young?
- 26 June 2012
- From the section Politics
Now is not a great time to be young in the UK, according to a new report.
It claims the chances of getting a decent job and buying your own place have nose-dived over the last few years.
The report was by the Intergenerational Foundation, a group that wants all generations to have the same advantages in life.
It looked at how things have changed for people under 30 since the 1990s.
Newsbeat's been speaking to people in Romford about it.
Cara Jane and Charlotte Lynch
Cara Jane Lynch, 21, is at university but works part time to help pay for it.
"I am not worrying [about a mortgage] because I am living with my parents.
"But when I finish my course I think reality will hit, it might be hard for me to get a job other than retail, something I can do as a career."
Charlotte Lynch, 22, works two days at a school as a PE coach.
"I think it was easier for our parents because everything was cheaper, like the price of houses
"But I don't think that is an excuse for us not to put the effort in."
Thomas, 25, works for the council: "There are plenty of jobs for those who want it.
"Just go out there find it and work hard.
"I do think it's about getting the first step on the ladder.
"Work hard for a couple of years and hopefully we'll get out of it [the recession].
Sean Pearson and Alex Blair
Twenty-four-year-old Sean Pearson has just finished university. He's living at home and looking for a job.
"I am worried about the future," he admits. "I am hoping everything picks up and more jobs come along."
Alex Blair, 20, is working part time but looking for another job.
"It's tough looking for a job at the moment because everyone is asking for experience, but if no one is hiring you then you can't get the experience."
Leah, 19, is pregnant and living on her own: "I couldn't get a job before I got pregnant. I have qualifications but couldn't get anything.
"I would like to get a job after the baby but there is nothing out there at the moment.
"When my mum left school she was always in work but now it is bad times."