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Choosing a career provokes anxi­ety for young people

Simon Kuestenmacher, director of research at the Demographics Group, joins Luke Grant to discuss his recent article in The Australian where he says choosing a career provokes anxiety for young people


‘There are just so many choices, so many jobs, so many university and TAFE courses. Spoiled for choice and suffering from decision fatigue, young people turn to TED talks and YouTube videos for help.’

He writes ‘these motivational career advice videos always follow a similar narrative’.

● The horrible 9-to-5: I once had a normal job like you. I was caught in the hamster wheel of work. I was miserable. I wasn’t myself. I was wearing a mask at work. I couldn’t stand working for the man.

● The calling: I looked deep inside my heart. I rediscovered long-lost passions. I was brave and took the leap. It was hard. There were obstacles. I thought about quitting. I started with little and built this up into something big and beautiful.

● The purpose-driven job: Now I can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning to get to work. Business is great. I make a lot of money. If I can do it, so can you.

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