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Study me­chan­i­cal and sports en­gi­neer­ing at Ade­laide Uni­ver­sity as a path­way to aero­space en­gi­neer­ing. sports cars. Aero­dy­nam­ics for

“I think we’re worse off. It’s much harder to break into the mar­ket and buy a first home. To­day’s gen­er­a­tion is at a dis­ad­van­tage be­cause of the pres­ence of so­cial me­dia, (which) presents an un­re­al­is­tic pic­ture of other peo­ple’s lives.” THOU­SANDS of Year 12s are in the midst of their fi­nal ex­ams with high ex­pec­ta­tions their hard work will set them on the path to their dream ca­reers.

But can they, and the next gen­er­a­tion work­ing their way through school, re­al­is­ti­cally as­pire to en­joy the qual­ity of life of their par­ents?

It is one of the key ques­tions posed in the Sun­day Mail’s Your Say, SA sur­vey.

The Foun­da­tion for Young Aus­tralians says “no” un­less rad­i­cal changes are made to the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, while some lo­cal ex­perts are more bullish.

FYA chief ex­ec­u­tive Jan Owen said more of to­day’s youths were fin­ish­ing school and fill­ing uni­ver­si­ties but school stan­dards were slip­ping rel­a­tive to other coun­tries and uni grad­u­ates were find­ing it harder to find jobs in their cho­sen fields.

The barista with two de­grees was a re­al­ity, she said, part-time and ca­sual work en­demic, and many were left to fight it out in the “gig econ­omy”, hop­ping be­tween free­lance projects with no se­cu­rity or su­per­an­nu­a­tion.

“The story is pretty bleak around where young peo­ple are right now com­pared to their par­ents,” Ms Owen said, though not­ing the mul­ti­ple ca­reers young peo­ple could ex­pect over their lives were po­ten­tially “much

Real wage growth for young peo­ple (aged 15-24) was half the rate across all age groups be­tween 1985 and 2015.

There are 3.4 times more young peo­ple un­der­em­ployed com­pared to 1985. There are now more part-time than full­time work­ers aged 15-24.

More than half of uni stu­dents and 71 per cent of VET stu­dents are be­ing trained for more in­ter­est­ing than the lin­ear path of their par­ents and grand­par­ents”.

De­spite be­ing no­tion­ally in the cur­ricu­lum, Ms Owen said the skills em­ploy­ers wanted, such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion, prob­lem solv­ing, crit­i­cal think­ing jobs that will be rad­i­cally af­fected by au­to­ma­tion.

62 per cent of newly em­ployed VET grad­u­ates and 29 per cent of uni grad­u­ates are in jobs not re­lated to their course.

From 1985 to 2015, the av­er­age num­ber of years it took to save a home loan de­posit in Ade­laide rose from five to nine. and cul­tural in­tel­li­gence, were not be­ing de­vel­oped in a school sys­tem still geared to iso­lated sub­jects. She said bar­ri­ers be­tween each arm of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, from preschool to uni­ver­sity, needed break­ing down.

Study law and ad­vanced busi­ness at Flin­ders Uni­ver­sity.

Busi­ness man­age­ment or busi­ness law.

“Yes. I’ve been given more op­por­tu­ni­ties. My par­ents grew up in the coun­try. At the start of last year I came to Ade­laide for board­ing school. With more ex­pe­ri­ence and op­por­tu­ni­ties there’s a bet­ter chance at gain­ing em­ploy­ment.”

Ini­tia­tives such as the Chil­dren’s Uni­ver­sity run by Ade­laide Uni­ver­sity should be the norm, not the ex­cep­tion, while Aus­tralia should fol­low the UK down the path of ap­pren­tice­ships in non­trade ar­eas, com­bin­ing re­al­world ex­pe­ri­ence with ter­tiary study.

Prof Michael O’Neil, who heads the SA Cen­tre for Eco­nomic Stud­ies at Ade­laide Uni­ver­sity, was con­fi­dent many young peo­ple would reach or sur­pass their par­ents’ qual­ity of life de­spite work be­com­ing more in­se­cure.

Prof O’Neil said they would achieve it by run­ning their own busi­nesses, liv­ing in units or apart­ments with low up­keep costs, hav­ing both part­ners work­ing and a Study phar­macy at UniSA or be­come a po­lice cadet. Phar­ma­cist or po­lice of­fi­cer.

“There are a lot more ca­reer op­tions, a lot more de­grees where you can spe­cialise. But in terms of fi­nan­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties, it’s not that great. You have to do what makes you happy and pays the bills.” max­i­mum of two chil­dren. But they would face higher health costs and higher taxes to prop up the age­ing pop­u­la­tion.

An­other Ade­laide Uni­ver­sity ex­pert Prof Chris Leish­man said his own hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity mod­el­ling “pre­dicts in SA things don’t get much worse in the next seven or eight years”.

He said fed­eral job growth pro­jec­tions were higher for greater Ade­laide than na­tion­ally over the next five years, with food and ac­com­mo­da­tion and con­struc­tion among the boom ar­eas, but there would be zero growth in tech­nol­ogy-based jobs.

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