Youth unemployment and underemployment is a serious issue in most developed countries in the world. Having few young people in the workplace has serious and lasting consequences for generations of young people, their families, businesses and society as a whole. Dr Carter explores these important issues from multiple (and international) perspectives, offering research evidence and guiding frameworks from social and work psychology, to get more young people into good work.
Young People, Employment and Work Psychology brings together educators, researchers, occupational psychologists, and government agencies responding to young people struggling to gain and sustain employment. Theoretically based and evidence-driven, this book explores the consequences of unemployment, suggests ways in which businesses can enable young people's first steps into employment and gives practical advice to young people and employers to prepare for and gain entry-level roles and develop more diverse workplaces. From the reasons why organizations are often reluctant to employ young people, to issues of motivation and confidence which often affect young people’s perspective in looking for work, the book covers several interventions within both the public and private sector.
This book is an invaluable resource for employers, policy makers and professionals working with young people, as well as students and researchers in work and organizational psychology, HRM, business management and social policy.
Table of Contents
1. Youth employment today: unpacking the different perspectives
2. Youth unemployment and underemployment: a global problem of our time
3. The voice of young people: finding the right fit
4. Unemployment at a young age: a work psychological analysis of its nature, consequences and possible remedies
5. It’s a hard knock life: youth unemployment in London
6. Building individual futures: education to prepare people for work
7. Increasing youth employment benefits a community
8. Facilitating job search and employment opportunities for young people
9. Focussing on young people’s future work
Angela J Carter is an Occupational Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience of working with individuals, groups and organizations. She is passionate about applying the knowledge of work and organizational psychology to our daily work.
"This important book about young people and employment has profound implication for the future of work and of our societies". - Professor Binna Kandola, OBE