Youth UnEmployment


The statistics show that unemployment among young people is increasing across Europe, where in several countries it has even reached more than 40%. Nowadays, being a graduate from a reputable university with high marks is not enough to ensure rapid employment. There are many reasons behind the problem of youth unemployment, for example: lack of particular skills, wrong educational system, mismatches between education and needs in labor market, lack of self confidence, lack of self esteem, and of course structural lack of working places.

What can young people do to increase their employability then? How are they going to find a job? How are they going to effectively present themselves in the labor market and succeed? These are just some of the questions which youth and new graduates are looking answers to.

Dec 22

SCIENCE vs HUMANITIES- think twice before you decide

With the world moving towards the advanced industries, it is well justified why governments join forces with private companies and schools to ensure that teenagers do not limit their career choices while opting for humanities rather than science at the early stages of their life. Quite simply, failing to take so-called STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) might result in the students being hold back in the future.

While the skills mismatch is already a overpowering problem, it is necessary to recognize that the market demand will not swift towards humanities anytime soon, if any. As of now, despite the fact that the levels of youth unemployment are skyrocketing, millions of jobs in Europe remain unfilled and the head-hunters have a tough nut to crack when it comes to finding graduates who match the market requests

The reality is changing and facing it requires long-term actions. While for previous generations the focus on science-related subjects was only required in case of opting for engineering or medical degree, now this knowledge is becoming a requirement. Times where the use of and the applicability of humanities in the job market is appreciated seems to have disappear, raising a question if the number of STEM students and graduates will be sufficient to meet the needs of future industries.

To face the situation the governments across Europe have started encouraging students to take up the science degrees by providing the best students with scholarships and benefits that are not applicable for the humanities learners.

Yet, low level of science intake is not the only problem that needs to be faced. The gender gap is widespread and certain subjects are dominated by men, increasing the pay gap.

The theme is particularly debatable in the United Kingdom. Recognizing the milieu, British government is planning to introduce postgraduate financing but stated that postgraduate loans may be limited to students in STEM fields. The rationale of the new policy is simple- the system of repayment the current undergraduate loan is based on graduates repaying a fixed percentage of their earnings between £15,000 and £21,000. As many graduates do not obtain sufficient funds once they have graduated, they are not obliged to pay off the loan which gets cancelled after 20 years.

One of the ways approaches that are being implemented is the Your Life campaign which aims to increase the number of graduates taking physics and maths at the A-level and ‘help to dispel the myths around STEM subjects’ that often discourage students to take up this career.

The campaign has set the following objectives

–          To raise awareness of the career opportunities offered by science and math degrees,

–          To present positive role models

–          To create mentoring programmes and cooperation programmes with businesses

How about you country? Share with us what is being done on local / national / regional level? What is the level of the skills mismatch problem in your community? Do you recognize it as a big problem?

Nov 27

OPEN CALL: Project Manager

Dear AEGEE members,

after four years of activity, Youth UnEmployment project team is looking for a new Project Manager. The new Project Manager will work in the framework of a new cycle of the project and developing the new Strategic Plan 2014-2017.

The Youth UnEmployment project is the AEGEE-Europe project which aims at increasing youth employability.


  1. Increase the recognition of voluntary work as work experience.
  2. Increase the recognition of Non-Formal education as an important skill at work.
  3. Empower young people to effectively use their skills and preferences to get into employment.
  4. Empower young people to set up enterprises.
  5. Raise awareness about employment opportunities.

We are looking for someone:

-passionate for youth work
-experienced in youth unemployment thematic field
-willing to work in a multicultural team
-with good leadership skills
-with good networking skills


  •  Lead the planning and implementation of project
  •  Assemble and coordinate project staff
  •  Manage project budget
  •  Manage project human resources
  •  Plan and schedule project timelines
  •  Provide direction and support to project team
  •  Quality assurance
  •  Monitor and report on progress of the project to all stakeholders
  •  Project evaluations and assessment of results

If you are interested in, please fill in this form and we will contact you.

Deadline: 29.11.2014 23:59 CET

Please attach your CV too and send it to

Jun 18

Your first EURES job

Do you want to work abroad? Here is your chance to do it! Read about the initiative of our partner, Gi Group, and EURES.

“Your first EURES job” (YfEj) initiative provides support for foreign employment for young entrepreneurs.

Your first EURES job

What’s this?

Your First EURES job is a free of charge mobility scheme that helps young EU citizens to find job opportunities in other EU countries. This is part of the European Union ‘Europe 2020′ flagship initiative “Youth On The Move” and one of the key actions to address youth unemployment and boost youth labor mobility.

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May 16

Nielsen Europe is hiring young graduates: Become a candidate now!

Dear AEGEE members,
YuE Team is glad to announce you a new partnership with Nielsen Europe and a great intership opportunity for all AEGEE members across Europe! Nielsen is hiring graduates and the AEGEE member profile perfectly suits what they are looking for.

The Nielsen Company is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence and mobile measurement. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries spread across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, North America and South America, employing around 40.000 people. Founded in 1923, Nielsen has pioneered market research and promotes continuous innovation.

Nielsen’s finance department is starting an important recruiting campaign, open to young graduates with economics and multicultural background. The open positions are internships (paid) with a minimum duration of 6 months.
The final objective is to offer these graduates the opportunity to join, after the internship, an important cross function formation program which only the best candidates will have access to, leading to definitive enrollment in the finance department.

So here the program at a glance :

– 6 months paid internships
– In finance department
– Serious possibilities of longer term employment
– Europe wide program, 2 countries to start, more to come

At the moment the countries and respective cities impacted by this project are:

– Netherlands (Amsterdam)
– Poland (Warsaw)

Please find the intership descriptions at the following links:

– for Warsaw:

– for Amsterdam:

If you are interested and you want to candidate please refer to the contacts mentioned in the job offers, moreover add also and (you will help us to evaluate the impact of the partnership).


Looking forward to reading from you soon,


YuE team

Feb 08

Open Call for new Team members

Dear AEGEE members,

The Youth UnEmployment team is looking for new members, fresh ideas…YOUR ideas!

The Youth UnEmployment situation in Europe is one of the biggest problems of the present and the future. Have you ever paid any thought to the youth employment situation? Are you interested in what is happening in Europe? Are you interested in youth policies on employment, youth guarantee, quality of internship, volunteering, non-formal education?

Do you want to be a member of a multicultural, active team? Do you want to inspire other people with your positive energy? Well now you can!

We are starting a new cycle of the project and looking for fresh members for our team. It does not matter if you are experienced or not in the field, you are welcome to join us and we will learn all together! If you are interested in, please fill in the following form and we will get in touch with you.

Deadline: 20.02.2014 – 23:59 CET

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask at

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Feb 08

Open Call: Host local for European School of Entrepreneurship 2014

Dear AEGEE antennas!

“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t”
A student in Warren G. Tracy’s class

This sentences can be an inspiration for starting your business that can be one of the possible solutions for the current European problems affecting the transition from education to work. Why don’t you take the  future in your own hands?

Do you want to support our idea and be part of an interesting project?
Youth UnEmployment team is looking for an Antenna that would like to host the 3rd edition of ESE (European School of Entrepreneurship).

Are YOU ready for new challenges?

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Dec 23

Open Call: “Youth employment” concept development meeting

Dear AEGEE members

If you are following attentively the AEGEEan, last week an article about
AEGEE role in the Youth UnEmployment issue:

Therefore, since the topic will continue being one of the hot issues in
Europe in the next years, and since YOUTH EMPLOYMENT was also chosen as one of the Focus Areas of the new Strategic Plan, the Comité Directeur and the Youth (un)Employment project want to invite all motivated members to join us for a meeting to redefine our work in the field. We are looking for new members, fresh ideas…YOUR ideas!
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Dec 18

The Youth Guarantee in France: la Garantie Jeunes

The article from Youth Policy Watch Issue 84 of the European Youth Forum state how the Youth Guarantee is becoming a reality in France

[Read here]

The European Commission has announced that only nine of the twenty-eight European Union countries have submitted plans to tackle the bloc’s youth unemployment crisis. Under the so-called Youth Guarantee Scheme, all member states must submit plans to the European Commission before the end of this month. Watch here

Dec 17

New publication: Quality Jobs for Young People

From Youth Policy Watch Issue 92 by YFJ

Youth Summit calls for greater action to provide quality jobs

Young people across Europe gathered in Paris to discuss and propose bold solutions to tackle the on-going youth unemployment crisis. The Youth Summit on Quality Jobs was held to coincide with the intergovernmental conference that EU leaders attended to discuss the same topic area.

The full article here

Please find the new publication from the European Youth Forum about quality jobs here

Aug 13

URGENT: OPEN CALL for PARTICIPANTS// Training course on ADVOCACY in Portugal

Hello all!

Please find attached an open call for participants for a training course on advocacy that will take place in Portugal in October. The Youth UnEmployment project of AEGEE is partner of the training and can send 2 participants from France.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if interested! If you want to know more about advocacy strategies and processes, in a multicultural setting, using non-formal education methods, this is the training for YOU !

More info here and here