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.

chapter 1|24 pages

Youth employment

Unpacking different perspectives
ByAngela J Carter

chapter 2|19 pages

Youth unemployment and underemployment

A global problem of our time
ByRosalind H Searle

chapter 3|19 pages

The voice of young people

Finding the right fit
ByAngela J Carter, Afreen Hussain

chapter 4|11 pages

Unemployment at a young age

A work psychological analysis of its nature, consequences and possible remedies
ByEva Selenko

chapter 5|12 pages

It’s a hard knock life

Youth unemployment in London
ByYeşim Guner

chapter 6|24 pages

Building individual futures

Education to prepare people for work
ByDawn Gosden, Rebecca Levi

chapter 7|20 pages

Increasing youth employment benefits a community

ByHannah Matta

chapter 8|21 pages

Facilitating job search and employment opportunities for young people

BySue Gould, David Carew

chapter 9|28 pages

Focussing on young people’s future work

ByAngela J Carter