Scared of finishing school

by tristan B on September 18, 2013 - 4:26pm

Actually in Greece, it is said that seven young people entering on the job market out of ten will be unemployed. At the moment, it represents the highest unemployment level in Europe with a percentage of 62.4% of young adults between the age of 16 and 25. This period of unemployment is caused by the financial crisis that, as we know, affected Greece gravely since around 2010. As the author said, it is now doubly stressful to finish school by seeing what awaits them on the job market when they need to work and study hard for their final exams. The students are forced to think of a new alternative which is to work outside of their country, but not everyone wants to quit their friends, home, family… Also, we need to see this problem as a social issue and not only having sympathy for them because they represent a further working generation which is important to the economy of the country, especially in Greece knowing what they have been through lately. This tricky situation is also part of the brain drain, which is the emigration of very well educated people with specific and technical skills who leaves to work somewhere else. Like it is said in this article, it will not help the economy, because all these professional people will leave. Who will stay?

This being said, I think that it is not entertaining to be finally at your final year of school and see this major percentage of unemployment waiting for you to be part of it. This is a situation that the government should put emphasis on because as I said earlier, these students represent the next working generation and an important part of the economic system. Perhaps, it is nice to see that a part of these students are looking forward in this situation and try to create new opportunities accepting the fact that they need to do things from a different way. It is this group of positive leaders and volunteers that will not help to grow the unemployment percentage.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22702003

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I have to admit, as much as I dreaded coming to high school every day, going to all my classes, doing homework and reading assignments, I was scared to end high school. I didn't know what the future held for me and I didn't know what I wanted to be. Graduating high school was a horrific thing. Now having the choice to go to college, get a full-time job was a tough decision. I knew in order to eventually have a high-paying job in the future, the best bet for me was to attend college. But now that I am in college as a nursing intent the struggles have re-begun. Now the scary part is, what if I don't make it into the nursing program? What major will I go to next? Was this all just a waste of time and money? In Brockport, the nursing program accepts around 70 students starting with the students with the highest grades from a 4.0 and down. Depending on how smart the bunch is, the lowest one year can be a 3.2 the next it could be a 3.6, it all depends on the class you are in. What is even scarier to think about is that there are around 400 nursing intents in this years class, all fighting for one spot out of the 70. That means less than 25% will actually make it into the program. I don't know what I will do if I don't get in.

I believe that the toughest thing that these students have to go through is the uncertainty of whether or not they'd have a secure job or career in the future, that all the hard work they did in school didn't lead to anything. Here in Canada, we are fortunate to have free education, but in most countries they aren't as lucky, and to see that people are investing money into their education and spending so much time focusing on their school work, only for it to not always pay off in the end is very upsetting. It makes you think how unfair it is to them, not having a stable future because of the high percentage of unemployment, that can be solved by the government. I'm sure that if I was put in the same situation as these students i would just drop out of school. What's the point of wasting my time and energy on school if there's a big chance that all the work I've done won't end up getting me a job? Its ridiculous how students have to go through this.

I agree with this post for a multitude of reasons. Throughout every individual’s experience of high school and some even college they do not know what to do after they are done. For some that do know the job opportunities could be slim; which all factors play a role in deterring effort and participation in furthering education beyond the minimal amount. It seems to be a problem in this country but a tragedy that in other countries the problem has gotten that bad. For those who are positive and invested it will only make them more elite in their field of study, but for the majority it is seemingly a problem to gain motivation. The point about those professionals leaving and not aiding the economical status is a valid point and has struck me as very interesting. To further your point it would be helpful to see the plans or current programs in place for motivating those in school to complete. Overall this post was very informative and caught my eye because those of us struggling for work in the US have no clue what hardship is until reading something like this.

While you used the situation in Greece as a specific example, I think that a lot of college-aged people around the world (including right here in the USA) face these same dilemmas. The question of what to do with one’s life –of finding a purpose- has been an essential one for as long as people have been alive, and an increasingly crowded and competitive job market only make it that much more pronounced.
I must admit that this is a worry that has been in the back of my own mind for quite some time now: that I won’t be able to find a job in my chosen field once I’m done with college. I was just saying to my friend the other day that school has been such an integral part of my life for so long, that I don’t know what I’ll do once I’m done with it…It’s a daunting thought, for sure, and it is precisely this thought that allowed me to understand the subject of your post just from the title. I found it to be both accurate and concise, which was of course the point.
I enjoyed the fact that you brought a lot of information into this post –talking about things such as the “brain drain” and using statistics in order to back up your points. However, I think that for the length of this post, you may want to narrow your focus a bit and only talk about a few aspects of the unemployment in Greece such as how it influences emigration or how this is as much as social as it is an economic issue etc.
Overall, I thought this was a very interesting topic, and clearly one that you thought about from a variety of angles before writing this post. Good job!

After you graduate from high school you start a new life where you are on your own in most situations. Throughout the years, when you are living with your parent's growing up you become used to living off of your parents. Then when you graduate from high school it hits you that you are on your own now pretty much. I agree with this article stating that nobody wants to graduate from high school. From my knowledge, mostly everybody would love to go back to high school to relive the experience again. What you did in high school there is nothing you can do about or change. Your past will never change and it will be what it is, so if you got bad grades in high school then you have to live with them. This article I totally agree with stating that nobody wants to leave their family, friends, and home. After graduating from high school myself I felt like I wasn't ready for college and the life ahead of me after all the years I have spent in my hometown with family and friends. The students that take school seriously though will be fine leaving their home, but the ones who didn't even care about school in high school or didn't graduate are just bound to raise the unemployment rate now in today's society.

This article caught my attention for multiple reasons. Although I am only a freshman in college, I am still sometimes terrified of what life will be like after college. I was scared enough to even graduate high school and come to college! With the workload and tons of responsibilities I have now, I still wish I was back in high school. College is a big deal because it makes you decide what you want to do for the rest of your life, which is a scary thought. Leaving college causes a lot of stress among others because of the high rate of unemployment in this day and age. It's unfortunate that there is so much unemployment out there. If there was an increase in the amount of jobs people can have, I feel as though people wouldn't be so scared to graduate college and move on in the real world. My feelings are very mixed about it because although unemployment is such an issue, I can't wait to start my even more independent life outside of college. There are many pros and cons with graduating college and I wish that unemployment wasn't such a big issue that everyone had to be afraid of. If students take school seriously and succeed in classes, they will be more ready and prepared for the real world and finding a job after college. This response was very well written and very agreeable.

This is a very scary thought. After pumping thousands of dollars into colleges over 4 years, students are the bag men for their own heads. Walking out into a world with job uncertainty will become a large disaster with mountains of student loan debt. If you aren't going to school to become a doctor or a lawyer these days it seems that you are SOL.

This title caught my eye. As a freshman in college, one of my biggest fears right now is that I will not be able to find a job right out of school. I would hate to burden my parents by living with them for a few extra years while I job hunt for a job that might not even be available. Seeing this article concretes my fears. The fact that 7 out of 10 will be unemployed is insane to me.

After reading your response to the article, I have some hope. I love how you can see the bright side of things when you say “It is nice to see that a part of these students are looking forward in this situation and try to create new opportunities accepting the fact that they need to do things from a different way. It is this group of positive leaders and volunteers that will not help to grow the unemployment percentage.” That is an excellent way of looking at things. I still believe it is preposterous that after two to six long years of schooling and spending large amounts of money on an education, people cannot find job for years to come after graduating.

As I was reading this, goose bumps were all over my body. I can’t imagine how hard it must be, mentally and physically, for these students working extremely hard to have a better future… but with no certainty that they will have a job. For sure the economy must be dropping drastically since people have no job opportunities. As I was reading this I realized how lucky we are here in Quebec to have so many jobs offered to us when we finish school. We might complain that school is expensive and that it’s boring to attend school every day, but when you realize what others are living, you think twice before criticizing the education system in Quebec.

This article definitely jumped out of me because this is a scaring thing happening in the US as well. I didn’t realize that even Greece was having trouble with the amount of unemployment. But this is a very scary feeling because I know its hard trying to find a job out in the real world after graduating college. I know so many people struggling to find something out there. And I agree with what you said about getting the government involved because this has been going on for quite some time now. These students are the future working generation and its very important for the economy to get them working.

My background has a lot to do with how I feel about this article and why it scares me as teen that doesn't drink. I live in a very small country town in the middle of nowhere in South Carolina. When there is nothing to do people from home result to a bonfire and consuming enormous amounts of alcohol. I agree with the fact that when you tell someone not to do something it is going to make them more rebelious. It's like being a kid and someone telling you not to touch the red button, you just want to touch it more. So government really can't control this situation but what I feel the government could do is get ahold of how much alcohol marketing is allowed and how they are allowed to get there product known. Underage drinking is a social event in todays world and can sometimes be seen as a competition. From beer pong to flip cup people have created many ways to get drunk, and get drunk fast. I am one of very few teens that chooses not to drink due to many personal reasons but as I see the rate rising like you stated in your article I am very worried. I hope that high schoolers and college students do learn the high risks of underage binge drinking because if not this society could dangerously go down, and go down quickly.

My background has a lot to do with how I feel about this article and why it scares me as teen that doesn't drink. I live in a very small country town in the middle of nowhere in South Carolina. When there is nothing to do people from home result to a bonfire and consuming enormous amounts of alcohol. I agree with the fact that when you tell someone not to do something it is going to make them more rebelious. It's like being a kid and someone telling you not to touch the red button, you just want to touch it more. So government really can't control this situation but what I feel the government could do is get ahold of how much alcohol marketing is allowed and how they are allowed to get there product known. Underage drinking is a social event in todays world and can sometimes be seen as a competition. From beer pong to flip cup people have created many ways to get drunk, and get drunk fast. I am one of very few teens that chooses not to drink due to many personal reasons but as I see the rate rising like you stated in your article I am very worried. I hope that high schoolers and college students do learn the high risks of underage binge drinking because if not this society could dangerously go down, and go down quickly.

My background has a lot to do with how I feel about this article and why it scares me as teen that doesn't drink. I live in a very small country town in the middle of nowhere in South Carolina. When there is nothing to do people from home result to a bonfire and consuming enormous amounts of alcohol. I agree with the fact that when you tell someone not to do something it is going to make them more rebelious. It's like being a kid and someone telling you not to touch the red button, you just want to touch it more. So government really can't control this situation but what I feel the government could do is get ahold of how much alcohol marketing is allowed and how they are allowed to get there product known. Underage drinking is a social event in todays world and can sometimes be seen as a competition. From beer pong to flip cup people have created many ways to get drunk, and get drunk fast. I am one of very few teens that chooses not to drink due to many personal reasons but as I see the rate rising like you stated in your article I am very worried. I hope that high schoolers and college students do learn the high risks of underage binge drinking because if not this society could dangerously go down, and go down quickly.

My background has a lot to do with how I feel about this article and why it scares me as teen that doesn't drink. I live in a very small country town in the middle of nowhere in South Carolina. When there is nothing to do people from home result to a bonfire and consuming enormous amounts of alcohol. I agree with the fact that when you tell someone not to do something it is going to make them more rebelious. It's like being a kid and someone telling you not to touch the red button, you just want to touch it more. So government really can't control this situation but what I feel the government could do is get ahold of how much alcohol marketing is allowed and how they are allowed to get there product known. Underage drinking is a social event in todays world and can sometimes be seen as a competition. From beer pong to flip cup people have created many ways to get drunk, and get drunk fast. I am one of very few teens that chooses not to drink due to many personal reasons but as I see the rate rising like you stated in your article I am very worried. I hope that high schoolers and college students do learn the high risks of underage binge drinking because if not this society could dangerously go down, and go down quickly.

My background has a lot to do with how I feel about this article and why it scares me as teen that doesn't drink. I live in a very small country town in the middle of nowhere in South Carolina. When there is nothing to do people from home result to a bonfire and consuming enormous amounts of alcohol. I agree with the fact that when you tell someone not to do something it is going to make them more rebelious. It's like being a kid and someone telling you not to touch the red button, you just want to touch it more. So government really can't control this situation but what I feel the government could do is get ahold of how much alcohol marketing is allowed and how they are allowed to get there product known. Underage drinking is a social event in todays world and can sometimes be seen as a competition. From beer pong to flip cup people have created many ways to get drunk, and get drunk fast. I am one of very few teens that chooses not to drink due to many personal reasons but as I see the rate rising like you stated in your article I am very worried. I hope that high schoolers and college students do learn the high risks of underage binge drinking because if not this society could dangerously go down, and go down quickly.

My background has a lot to do with how I feel about this article and why it scares me as teen that doesn't drink. I live in a very small country town in the middle of nowhere in South Carolina. When there is nothing to do people from home result to a bonfire and consuming enormous amounts of alcohol. I agree with the fact that when you tell someone not to do something it is going to make them more rebelious. It's like being a kid and someone telling you not to touch the red button, you just want to touch it more. So government really can't control this situation but what I feel the government could do is get ahold of how much alcohol marketing is allowed and how they are allowed to get there product known. Underage drinking is a social event in todays world and can sometimes be seen as a competition. From beer pong to flip cup people have created many ways to get drunk, and get drunk fast. I am one of very few teens that chooses not to drink due to many personal reasons but as I see the rate rising like you stated in your article I am very worried. I hope that high schoolers and college students do learn the high risks of underage binge drinking because if not this society could dangerously go down, and go down quickly.

My background has a lot to do with how I feel about this article and why it scares me as teen that doesn't drink. I live in a very small country town in the middle of nowhere in South Carolina. When there is nothing to do people from home result to a bonfire and consuming enormous amounts of alcohol. I agree with the fact that when you tell someone not to do something it is going to make them more rebelious. It's like being a kid and someone telling you not to touch the red button, you just want to touch it more. So government really can't control this situation but what I feel the government could do is get ahold of how much alcohol marketing is allowed and how they are allowed to get there product known. Underage drinking is a social event in todays world and can sometimes be seen as a competition. From beer pong to flip cup people have created many ways to get drunk, and get drunk fast. I am one of very few teens that chooses not to drink due to many personal reasons but as I see the rate rising like you stated in your article I am very worried. I hope that high schoolers and college students do learn the high risks of underage binge drinking because if not this society could dangerously go down, and go down quickly.

Learning about another country’s employment rate was really interesting to me. I didn’t know other developed countries had high unemployment rates; I’ve only heard about U.S’s. I feel bad for all the students who go to school knowing they may not find a job when they get out. They might feel like they are wasting their time and money for school when they could spend the time looking for jobs. I was a little confused about whether you were talking about kids in Greece finishing high school or college. I assume its college. I feel fortunate that I am almost guaranteed a job in my life. I plan to become a nurse and once I get my degree it won’t be hard to find a job with the connections I have. I am lucky to not have the stress of getting a job on top of the stress I have of getting into the Nursing program at The College at Brockport. Thank you for sharing this and making me aware of unemployment rates outside the U.S.

Your post really is shocking! I would have never thought that the unemployment rate was that high. I agree with you when you say the government needs to be more involved in this issue. They need to think abut the economy and how it will be in the future. Its terrifying to think that you spend so much money to go to school and get your dream job, just to end up working at a low paying job. This is a crazy thing to think about and I feel like you present this issue very well to the public. People going into college need to realize what they are getting into, as well as trying to have a plan B. It never hurts to think about your future and being scared is normal. This just adds to the realization of the scary real world.

The scariest thing I probably think about is what to do after college. What if there isn't any jobs out there for me? This post just goes to show that it is more of a world problem than just an American problem. What is the point of this education if I can't get a job in the field that I am studying for? The job world is a terrifying place that I am beyond nervous to enter into. It is very true that the present-day students are the future working generation, so then why aren't there enough jobs? The governments really need to focus more on this issue because it is a bigger monster than it seems. I enjoyed this post because it brought to my attention that countries that I didn't expect to have that many working force problems do in fact face the same problems as we do in America.

In many times we all tend to get wrapped up in what exists in only our country. Here in many cases we do struggle to find jobs coming out of college. It’s incredible stressful to think one could put so much time and money into an education that may not get them a job. I am fortunate to be going into such a booming field for jobs but you never know what will be available in 4 years. However we need to take a second to realize that other countries have it much worse than us like Greece. We should consider ourselves lucky considering 70% of college students in Greece are not finding jobs.

I found this blog post very interesting because unemployment is increasing while graduation rates are also increasing. The reason most of us go to college is to get a better paying job than minimum wage, I see my teachers get laid off all the time and go work as waiters at restaurants. The job market right now is very discouraging for everyone. You go to college, drown yourself in loans with no way to pay it off! I agree that something should be done in order for college students and future college students to look toward a brighter future in the economic sense.

After reading this article, I have begun to realize how scary the future of our generation looks. Personally, I’m lucky enough to have a job, and it’s scary to see the percentage of the number of unemployed young adults there are in this part of the world. I’ve seen on the news for a number of years how the number of unemployed individuals continues to rise, and fall and rise again. Personally, I’m someone who wants to make a change for our generation. However I’m also not happy seeing this number, because only as a freshman in college, me, as well as many others, have 4 long years ahead of us. Having one more thing to worry about as I will eventually be going into the work force, is scary to even think about. I agree that the government in Greece, as well as the governments in other countries, especially the US, should put more effort and time into this issue, because we are the future working generation.

After reading this article, I have begun to realize how scary the future of our generation looks. Personally, I’m lucky enough to have a job, and it’s scary to see the percentage of the number of unemployed young adults there are in this part of the world. I’ve seen on the news for a number of years how the number of unemployed individuals continues to rise, and fall and rise again. Personally, I’m someone who wants to make a change for our generation. However I’m also not happy seeing this number, because only as a freshman in college, me, as well as many others, have 4 long years ahead of us. Having one more thing to worry about as I will eventually be going into the work force, is scary to even think about. I agree that the government in Greece, as well as the governments in other countries, especially the US, should put more effort and time into this issue, because we are the future working generation.

As I've grown up and gone through the education system here in New York State, I've been aware that the unemployment rate for young graduates especially is rising. Through my family and my friends creating an environment where good grades are expected and encouraged, I've luckily gotten good enough grades in school to be accepted into nursing school. One of the reasons that I picked nursing as a career choice was that I knew I wanted to do something that had to do with sciences, but also had the aspect of helping people in the job description. Another really big reason that I chose to be a nurse and not a doctor was that, in the U.S and around the world there is a huge shortage of nurses and so I would basically guaranteed a job when I graduated college. Unlike most of my classmates, I will have a job when I get out of college and don't have to deal with the unemployment fear as much as others, and for this I am truly grateful. But that fear to do well on tests hasn't been overlooked by me, because to get into nursing school, to get a job, to not be unemployed, I had to get very good grades and for that I know exactly what you're talking about. In this day and age, being unemployed at a young age is very daunting and pushes us young people to make decisions about our future and our careers based on this fear.

Due to the facts in this article, it is very scary to think that finishing school and spending money will not benefit in the future. When a student completes college, it is expected to gain employment soon after graduating. In America, it is very common for students to obtain their degree and set out to find jobs and get hired. The unemployment rate here is slowly increasing as well, but not to the extent of Greece. This article truly saddens me, because working hard in school to complete courses and graduate to earn a living is something students should look forward to. Having fear of not wanting to finish school in fear of wasting money that you won’t get back is a terrifying thought. You are correct, that it is a social and economic problem. I would not be motivated to complete my education knowing the possible outcomes of the job market. It would truly scare me.

Being a student is like being in a competition. You are fighting your way through in order to graduate and and get a job. Moving on is not as easy as it seems. The job market is decreasing and students have to chose a major based off of the needs of society. Less students go to schools to become teachers because the demand for them is less. I was considering being a teacher but once I saw how many of the teachers in my school were getting laid off, I decided to got to school for nursing. THere always seems to be a demand for nurses.

It is very surprising to know that there are so many employed students after finishing school currently in our society, and yes it is a tough choice to be able to quit the country or our own comfort zone to be able to find a job elsewhere in the world. I totally agree to the fact that the government should put more effort into our next generations and the jobs offered to them because there's is no point of having very smart students but then the society will never be able to utilize them well.

It is very surprising to know that there are so many employed students after finishing school currently in our society, and yes it is a tough choice to be able to quit the country or our own comfort zone to be able to find a job elsewhere in the world. I totally agree to the fact that the government should put more effort into our next generations and the jobs offered to them because there's is no point of having very smart students but then the society will never be able to utilize them well.

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