Majority of 16-24 year olds think economic crisis will impact their future


The NFDA has found that 71% of 16-24 year olds are worried the economic crisis will affect their day-to-day life and 69% think it will also impact their long-term future.

When asked which areas of their lives they think will be, or have been, affected by current issues in the UK, the highest response of 29% are concerned it will negatively impact their family, 26% said their social life, and 23% said their career. Also, 70% of respondents think that current economic issues will have an affect their ability to find a job in the next five years.

Among respondents who are currently in school, 79% are aware of job opportunities in the automotive industry and among respondents who are currently unemployed, 84% are looking to start a career in the near future. When asked which Automotive career paths would be of most interest to them, digital marketing and communications received the highest response (22%), followed by technician (16%), and logistics (13%).

Sue Robinson, NFDA chief executive, said: “Young people are clearly concerned for their future job prospects, given the current state of the economy. At NFDA, we are committed to helping young people launch their career in the automotive sector. Drive My Career was launched by the NFDA to promote the retail automotive industry and to raise awareness of the exciting career opportunities it offers. We work with industry partners to drive people into the automotive sector where careers can be made in technology, sales and many other roles. Going forward, we will continue to work hard to enable our business leaders of the future.”

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