Digital technology supporting young people
On behalf on the Nominet Trust, we have been working on to explore key messages on how digital technologies can support young people to engage socially and economically with their communities. You can find the latest blog posts from the project here. From an initial online crowd sourcing process and a roundtable workshop at the RSA in April 2012, 10 key messages were drawn out.
This storify seeks to curate key online content on one of these messages - using real-life examples, linking to research and providing insights for action.
- In 2011 and 2012, youth unemployment in the UK rose to over 1 million and global youth unemployment at a record high.
- It is clear that there just aren't enough conventional jobs around for everyone. Creating a better CV, or having better information on the jobs available might help a particular young person to get the job they want, but it's not going to drive the economic regeneration we need.But could the unemployment challenge also create opportunities to think beyond the 9-5 job, and to support young people to explore new ways of making a living?
- When the jobs are not there, can young people create them? There are some great example of youth enterprise out there, and lots of projects exploring entrepreneurship education, both in developed economies, and in developing countries.
- What we see is the internet changing the way people can earn a living and run their lives. It also changes the way people find services, buy good, hire staff and fill the gaps they need.
- But power is not just with those hiring people and buying goods. Alternative livelihoods can put those with the skills in the driving seat in choosing what employment to seek, what skills and goods they want to promote and what price they want to charge.
- Making positive choices about livelihoods can also involve choosing work which is socially valuable as well as bringing in an income.
- Edgeryders are exploring ways of making at living at their 2012 conference...
Tools for the jobThe internet is being used to support people enter the world of alternative livelihoods, offer the space to pitch for the work and employ others. It's also offering young people the skills, knowledge and support to start their own enterprises and create their own livelihoods.Below are a few examples of how the internet is supporting young people to access the information, advice and online communities that support that start their own enterprises.
- Shell LiveWIRE offers free online business advice, articles, videos and guides on starting up and running businesses for young entrepreneurs aged 16-30. It aims to create an online community with a social media zone for collaboration and support, access to grants, offline networking events, business library and resources, videos and blogs.
- Interview club runs mock professional interviews over Skype to give young people a real job interview experience. Young people get feedback from professional recruiters, giving them a better chance of getting employment.
- Digital Shoreditch is a festival celebrating the creative, technical and entrepreneurial talent of East London and Tech City. The 14-day annual event includes talks, educational workshops, open studios, exhibitions, family days, awards and parties that will engage and inspire young people to be creative entrepreneurs in the digital age.The internet is giving young people the tools, networks and spaces to gain skills, learn new things, make connections and earn a living through online and offline spaces. Some sites offer more traditional support to gain employment such as interview technique with some challenging the status-quo are providing a spring board to an alternative livelihood.