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    I'm a final year student and am incredibly scared about the future: the competitiveness of the job market, soaring rents, an obscene amount of student debt, lack of "contacts". It seems so difficult if you don't have the bank of mum and dad to fall back on, with statistics recently published suggesting that young people are worse off than ever. I was just wondering if others felt the same.
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    I know exactly what you mean.
    I tried to get a job after college, because I did not want to go to uni. Failed so I ended up at uni- doing a foundation course so i'm only here 2 years not 3. Still in first year so basically I have a year and a bit before I have to face the same issue again, and yes it is a worry-I can't just stay in education forever.
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    (Original post by tsukurutazaki)
    I'm a final year student and am incredibly scared about the future: the competitiveness of the job market, soaring rents, an obscene amount of student debt, lack of "contacts". It seems so difficult if you don't have the bank of mum and dad to fall back on, with statistics recently published suggesting that young people are worse off than ever. I was just wondering if others felt the same.
    I am also terrified of the future.

    That is why I must rescue Sarah Connor, ensure her son is born, and help us lead the resistance against the machines!
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    yes - in year 13 and ****ting myself

    where am i gonna be in 5 years? who ****ing knows? oh well - i'll go with the flow i guess....
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    I do not fear the future - I fear the present

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    I know quite a lot of students with first class degrees and a masters at merit going into or having minimum wage jobs (or similar), myself included. Job market is terribru!
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    Have you ever considered a career in the public sector?
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    z33 - you have what might be some of your best days ahead, fear not!

    It might feel scary in the final year, you have exams and its where most of your degree counts! (unless you are in year 4 and have done ridiculously well in year 3) Society is certainly changing and while 60 years ago it might have been normal to leave school at 15, get a job down pit and settle with a family by your twenties, there is now a protracted period where young people have to struggle. It may involve a time back with your parents while you save up enough to move out. Or you may have to flat share/house share (although in some ways this might be a nice halfway house between the 'student' experience and the adult world. I personally (at 35) think the biggest challenge young people have when they get older is less the world around them but more coming to terms with your own decreasing youth! Its not all bad though, there is something very pride inducing about having your own 'place' /marriage/kids and all that jazz!
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    I'm in Year 13, and honestly I have no fears for the future. Even if I used to have some doubts, we take it as it comes

    I have a good amount of cash in the bank, employment, people who love me, great career prospects, and solid academic results behind me. I understand that a lot of this is due to me getting lucky with my situation, but honestly I think anyone can set themselves up well for the future by making the right choices in the present...

    Despite a slightly poor social life, a lot of what I've done over the past 3/4 years has been with primary focus on the future. Ironically, it's only now, with my most academically important year ahead, that I'm becoming social and spending a lot of time out of the house :lol:
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    (Original post by hellodave5)
    I know quite a lot of students with first class degrees and a masters at merit going into or having minimum wage jobs (or similar), myself included. Job market is terribru!
    What degree though
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    Priced out of a master's, live kind of out of the way so jobs are mostly retail/hotelier.

    I wonder if us here, as part of this generation, are being taught a stern lesson to jolt us out of our sins and/or naivety?
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    (Original post by rclarke77)
    What degree though
    Generalist rather than specialist ones.
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    yes even though i am now engaged and renting privately and already have one degree under my belt and onto a phd
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    this is why I want to escape the western world and live as a rice farmer in Southern China, unfortunately mandarin is a pretty hardcore language to learn
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    (Original post by Andy98)
    I do not fear the future - I fear the present

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    I like this. Focus on the day at hand before thinking about the future.
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    be scared but also be smart!
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    I like this. Focus on the day at hand before thinking about the future.
    Plus I'm going into an industry where there will always be jobs.
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    I'm actually thinking of failing my final exam just so I can claim an extra years student finance. I would hate having to drop from 14K a year down to 2.5K which is what I think jobseekers allowance is right now.
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    (Original post by Skeptique)
    I'm actually thinking of failing my final exam just so I can claim an extra years student finance. I would hate having to drop from 14K a year down to 2.5K which is what I think jobseekers allowance is right now.
    Bare in mind it is a 14k debt, vs 2.5k actual cash positive.... 2.5k cash leaves you 16.5k better off than redoing a year.
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    I believe there's a significant possibility that the human race will create a major catastrophe for itself sometime in our lifetimes, so I suppose I ought to feel a little scared by that prospect, but the truth is I don't think about it very much because it's out of my control.
 
 
 
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