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18 Things Our Parents Didn't Tell Us About Growing Up Today...

Growing debt, trebled tuition fees and a million of us out of work. Just a few of the ways young people are getting a raw deal!

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1. The dream in Britain was supposed to be that kids climb the ladder and do better than their parents:

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2. But lately the harder you try to get up the pole the more difficult it gets:

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3. When I was the first in my family to get to university I was like:

4. Then the Lib Dems broke their promise and tripled the cost of university, so obviously I went a bit…

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5. But I worked hard and got a decent degree:

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6. …and some of my friends who left school at 17 started applying for apprenticeships:

7. We all had hopes of landing a great job:

8. Then realised we were part of a queue of a million young people stuck looking for work:

9. And the government is saying just find yourself a job, even though there are none to get:

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10. Even when jobs do come up, loads are either unpaid internships, or part of the government’s unpaid workfare scheme:

11. And after tonnes of unanswered emails and rejections, you feel like:

12. I got something in the end. It isn’t well paid, but I was still …

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13. And then I heard the government say I might not get help with my housing costs if I lost my job, just because I am under 25:

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14. Then you look at your bank account and it’s still like:

15. …and I found out I’d need to save around £26,000 if I want to get a deposit for a house and went:

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16. Then I saw this graph and realised why lots of older people aren’t so worried about the problem:

17. At least things will get better in the long run and hey you can enjoy yourself when you're older right? Perhaps not …

18. But! There are lots of us in the same boat and if we get together we can start to change things.

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At Unite Young Members we're not taking it lying down, we're organising to make sure young peoples' voices are heard.

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