We’re all in the same storm. But we’re not all in the same boat.
How many times have you heard that sentiment during the last year, floating around on social media? Yes, the storm of the pandemic has been blustering around us all, but some of us are sailing through it on gigantic cruise ships, solid and sturdy, with only minimal disruption to our lifestyle. Meanwhile, others are lucky if their boat resembles a dinghy and are being tossed about by the waves of change and difficulty. So it may be a little twee, but this sentiment is completely true at the moment. And we’re particularly aware that younger working people, between the ages of 18 and 35, are potentially navigating the world of work in these pandemic times with barely a life-ring.
The storm for 18-35-year-olds
Unfortunately, when it comes to employment, the younger generations have been disproportionately affected by the effects of the pandemic. In the year to March 2021, 811,000 jobs were lost in the UK. 80% of those involved younger people aged under 35. When we dive in further, it’s been particularly hard-hitting for those under 25.This is because two sectors hit particularly hard by the pandemic are retail and hospitality. These have always been home to younger people, many of whom are just embarking on their working life.
But who said that young people could only work in these sectors?
Transferrable skills, transferrable opportunities
Young people are perhaps better placed than anyone else in the working population to make a big shift in what they do. Without the monumental hurdles of “losing” years of experience or career dedication, they can stop, take stock, and move their ambitions to a completely different track.
Younger people have the flexibility to move into other sectors and roles without suffering intense pay cuts or being faced with effectively “starting again” with training and progression after years of commitment to one career.
At Love Success, we’re encouraging young people with an interest in other avenues of work to realise their potential. The skills you’ve learned in retail or hospitality can be transferred to office support jobs. Chances are that you’ve got customer service, teamwork, and organisational skills that are hugely needed in roles within finance and HR or as a Personal Assistant.
Finding the confidence to make the change
As for the skills you’re lacking, you don’t need to feel stuck. There are ways to change role and industry whilst acquiring the additional skills you need. For example, apprenticeships, traineeships, and the Kickstart Scheme are just a few of the avenues you can explore.
There are other options too for those who want to make a career change. At Love Success, we provide free training, enabling job seekers to become suitably skilled to apply for permanent and temporary jobs in London within PA, finance, and office support. Find out more by clicking to download our free training guide on our homepage.
You don’t have to stay in the dinghy. There’s a ladder up to the cruise ship!
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