IELTS Essay 1216 - Unemployment remains the biggest challenge to school-leavers

IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Unemployment remains the biggest challenge to school-leavers in most countries.

How far do you agree with this assessment? What other challenges face young people today?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge.

Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer: [Agreement]

Adolescents face several challenges on their path to adulthood and successful career, and it becomes even more difficult for school-leavers as sorting their ways out in the employment market seem to be the immediate obstacle they encounter. Besides, safety is another concern for many youngsters and this essay shed some light on the topic.

Regarding youth unemployment, scepticism harboured by employers over hiring school-leavers seems to be the reasons behind their unemployment in many countries, especially in third-world countries where managing a job is tough. Employers usually look for experienced workers who possess practical skills and at least a college degree. Hence, school-leavers with no prior experiences are often placed on the bottom of the shortlist. For instance, due to unemployment, many university graduates apply for simple clerical jobs and that makes the scenario for school-leavers even more baffling.

Moreover, limited job prospect is also a huge problem for them.  Even the school-leavers are lucky enough to secure a job, they have to work long hours with low wages and they do not have sufficient time and money to pursue higher academic qualifications needed for career progression. Consequently, they are being trapped in lower positions with limited social mobility.

Sadly, young people are not only challenged by employment problems in many developing countries. They may consistently live under the threat of political instability, social unrest, outbreaks of disease, natural disasters, drought and famine, sexual and racial discrimination, child marriage, all of which are beyond control and the ability to cope for young people. These risks pose actual threats to the physical safety of youngsters in addition to their livelihoods.  The situation may be reflected by the significantly lower life expectancy of people living in developing countries.

To conclude, unemployment is one of the major problems for young people, especially for school-leavers. However, the lacks of safety, social unrest, abuse, natural disaster are also serious problems for them in parts of the world.

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Write about the following topic:

Unemployment remains the biggest challenge to school-leavers in most countries.

How far do you agree with this assessment? What other challenges face young people today?

Unemployment is a curse and a lurking monster in our society. It is more so among school leavers who fail to complete their academic education. Such youngsters from low and middle-class families struggle even more and pay the ultimate price for the rest of their life. I agree that leaving school is the biggest challenge for school leavers apart from a few other problems that make things worse as a whole.

To commence with, such school leavers always look for financial freedom, which they never had access to, and sometimes it is the pressure from their family to meet the demands. In this process, they tend to look out for opportunities and become easy preys to job recruiters at a very tender age. Most of the A-listed companies do not hire such young people as they demand more qualification, experience and academic excellence. The employers who do consider them would pay less and make them work for longer hours. This ultimately leads to job dissatisfaction from a very early age and a struggle that continues for the life.

Besides, such school-leavers suffer from stress, burnout and anxiety and regret that they did not complete their education which could have ensured a better professional and personal life. Such anxiety, along with unhealthy work conditions in many developing countries, lead them to try drugs, which lead to complete darkness. For example, it is evident from recent research that school-leavers tend to work with peers who are all adults and three among ten ends up being sexually abused or drug addicts.

In conclusion, the authority should arrange state-run further education facilities for school-leavers and improve their skills so that they are not exploited in job sectors and can choose a life they wish for.

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One of the main problems for people who dropped out of school in the latest years is unemployment. I completely agree with this statement. However I think that nowadays, unemployment due to school leavers is not the main problem, in fact, there are many other obstacles that young people have to overcome.

As data have shown these years, unemployment rate is still high in many countries, and one of the reasons of it, might be the fact that many people have not completed their studies. Sometimes the causes that lead people to leave school may be the fact that to certain individuals education is not valued as it was in the past, therefore it is not considered a method that can give the opportunity to get a job, when in reality it is actually one of the safest way to get one. As a matter of fact, it is in university that most of the time students make their first steps in the working world by doing an internship which can subsequently lead them to get the job they were preparing for.

For what concerns young people in general unemployment is one of the many other problems that they have to face.
Most of teenagers nowadays aspire at the same things in life, with leads to a much larger competition among them. As a result most of these teenagers end up giving up on their goal or even at finding new things to do.
One of the other challenges that young people have young face, most of the time this goes for the second immigrant generations, is that not only they have to face unemployment but sometimes they cannot choose what to study in college, that leads them in being unable to do what they actually want to do, therefore to be less prone to look for a job.

In conclusion i believe that unemployment is one of the main problems of society and that one of the things that should be done to try to reduce it is to make everyone understand the importance of education and to give everybody the opportunity to go to school.

Gurmeet Singh Sandhu
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