It seems like so many things have changed recently, I broke up with my boyfriend and was made redundant from my job of over two years.
It’s a shame to leave my job but in a way it’s been really freeing because I’ve had the time to decide what I want to do with myself. I have been looking for part time jobs, no luck yet, but I’ve decided to not worry too much because something always seems to turn up. But there are sometimes lower points and I’ve found some great support from strangers – members of the Made of Human Podcast Facebook group and the Attic24 Moorland and Moor Facebook group. It’s lovely to be able to see the brilliant creative things others are doing and have a place to have a little chat with people you don’t necessarily know.
I’m feeling low down, I’m 18, and I don’t know what to do with my future: I’ve got the blues, man.
I’ve googled teenage songs and come across this lyric from the Eighteen Year Old Blues by Steve Carl from 1958 in a list on the Guardian website. Apparently the song ponders the options available to him.
I’ve been thinking about what my options were when I was 18. This morning I’ve been talking to the year 13 students at my old school. (Hello if any of you are reading this!) Teenagers generally get a bad press. Most articles or pieces about teenagers in newspapers or on the news focus on antisocial behaviours, how they are illiterate or lack numeracy skills, how many are NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training – over a million at the latest estimate) etc. It’s not a positive picture being painted.
What options are there for teenagers now? Adults with different levels of experience are struggling to work, there is a push on volunteering to get a foot in the door but many companies and organisations are reaching saturation. How many companies faced with an experienced out of work adult or a teenager are likely to pick the teenager? It’s an economically unstable world, there are few jobs for life anymore and it’s hard to find part time work. I’m not sure I’d like to be 18 now.