Degrees of alienation

Students labour long and hard to obtain a third-level qualification, but most are then faced with internships, unemployment or emigration, writes Leanna Byrne.

13th April, 2014
The jobs market is increasingly uncertain for students., writes Picture: Thinkstock

The government has a lot to be happy about on the jobs front: rates of unemployment are now at their lowest since April 2009. That said, there is little cause for celebration if you're in the 20-24 age group.

While employment rates may be improving in the older age brackets, youths are still stuck in recessionary times. Since austerity measures were introduced in 2008, the labour market has been forcing young graduates either to return to...

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