Media Release: Shift Needed in How Young People Find Work

28th Mar 17

With youth underemployment at a four-decade high, the Career Development Association of Australia is calling for a shift in how we educate young people to find work.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence released a report this week, stating that underemployment had “become an entrenched feature of the youth labour market”.

“While 60 per cent of jobs are found through social connectedness, university graduates are doing 90 per cent of their applications online - this is an issue,” CDAA spokesperson Carolyn Alchin said.

These statistics demonstrate that Australia’s youth are missing out on a significant portion of the job market simply by how they look for work.

According to Ms Alchin, career development and employability skills support needs to be entrenched in our school curriculum and degree programs.

“We need to be enabling and engaging students in high school and tertiary education to build relationships and develop their employability skills,” Ms Alchin said.

“Strong networks will be vital in the future world of work so they can better connect with its constant evolution.”

The association will continue to work with its peak body, the Career Industry Council of Australia, to push for positive policy change in this area.

For those looking for professional career support, visit www.cdaa.org.au to find a career development practitioner.