18 July 2012

Generation 2012: optimistic and practical

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The Olympic generation, aged 18-24, 83% think it will be harder for today’s teenagers to buy a home than it was for their parents, and 58% think it will be much harder, according to a new British Future report.

In Generation 2012: Optimism Despite Obstacles 72% think it will be harder for today’s teenagers to get a good job than it was for their parents, and only 7% think it will be easier. 34% think it will be much harder.

Around 88% of graduates believe it will be harder to buy a home, compared to 85% of those with A-levels or lower. The concern is almost as strong among the privately educated (82%) as those who went to a state comprehensive (88%).

But surprisingly 67% are optimistic about their own future and 33% are pessimistic, overall. Indeed, optimists outnumber pessimists among every group. Graduates and non-graduates, among those work, who are studying those who are unemployed, though it is stronger among the better educated and more affluent.

British Future has worked with YouGov to conduct a rare poll of more than 1000 members of the 18-24 group, to find out more about how young people feel and what they see as their biggest challenges in this challenging economic climate.

Generation 2012 speaks with an age group who have been dubbed by some the “lost generation” but turn out to be more optimistic than their parents, despite the bumpiness of the recession.

The report includes articles by a range of young writers, each with their own story about today. They all have ideas about what could be done by the government and others to help Generation 2012.

Generation 2012 is available for download here.

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Watch our interviews with students aged between 18 and 24 about their concerns, hopes and fears below:


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