Last night’s Prime Time on RTE asked whether an entire generation of Ireland’s youth have been marginalised by the economic crisis.
Under 25’s, it reported, are being forced to remain in education, emigrate or join the welfare queues.
Most of those featured in the show claimed they were eager to work but that the government had failed to find a job for them. They felt angry and betrayed.
Is it just me or is there something fundamentally wrong here? When did it become the responsibility of the state to find jobs for its citizens?
The mentality that the state will provide can only lead to indolence and a culture of dependency.
In a recession, competition for jobs is intense and candidates have to demonstrate hunger, energy, commitment and persistence in order to secure employment.
Jobs do not fall miraculously into the laps of young graduates. They have to be fought for.
Speaking on Newstalk last month, hotelier Liam Griffen (who started his career as a kitchen porter) advised young people to take apprenticeships, internships or volunteer work, to be prepared to start at the bottom and work their way up rather than waiting for the state to intervene.
While programmes like Jobbridge have occasionally been abused by unscrupulous employers, in the main they provide opportunities for young candidates to prove themselves, get a foot in the door and begin to build a career.