The top 10 challenges facing young people today

  • Emma Finamore
  • Last updated 30 Apr 2019

A lack of employment opportunities tops the list.


Lack of employment opportunities has been ranked top of a list of challenges faced by young Brits today.

The list was compiled by education and health charity, Central YMCA, which surveyed 1,600 young people aged between 16 and 25.

The charity asked them to assess the nature of the challenges they face today; most people surveyed believe that the biggest challenge they face is being unable to find a productive place within society – either within the mainstream education system or satisfactory employment.

Here is the top 10 in full:

1. Lack of employment opportunities

2. Failure to succeed in education system

3. Issues related to body image

4. Family problems

5. Substance abuse

6. Pressures of materialism

7. Lack of affordable housing

8. Negative stereotyping

9. Pressures of 24-hour social networking

10. Crime

Young people who believe there is a lack of employment opportunity out there, or worry that because they cannot afford university (and therefore will not get a good job in the future) should check out the AllAboutSchoolLeavers jobs board, for vacancies on apprenticeship schemes, school leaver programmes and sponsored degrees: all of which are paid schemes with great scope for full-time employment on completion. 


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