This is a broad, but inaccurate, generalization to say that many young people lack the sense of responsibility and need for self-sufficiency at this time. This is my view is caused by, among other reasons, a generous welfare state that can lead to interdependence in families across generations. We are then confronted with young people without motivation who actually choose rational choices based on what they observe around them from lacking employment to achieve payments comparable to the working population. The solution here must be of the “stick” variety rather than “carrot”. The first is needed to stem the spread of the problem; carrots are used to treat common symptoms.
To Pursue Work that We Hope to Enjoy and a Natural Interest in
For the welfare of individuals and society as a whole, it is in the collective and selfish interests of each of us to pursue work that we hope to enjoy and have a natural interest in. This is the ideal goal that most working adults may not relate to when they go to work every morning but it is the ideal that must be targeted through increased exposure. Students and young people can only identify what they enjoy based on what they encounter. The education system must be able to expose them to ideas outside their usual comfort zones. This can be in the form of exposure to work, language, culture, but also the work environment, social work, community involvement, etc. The aim here is to also provide a bite of reality by subjecting them to the real-world idea that actions have consequences and that there is adult pressure to be prepared. If students see more, they identify the choices they naturally tend to and are self-motivated in pursuing this (the “carrot” approach).