The CBI’s Under 35 Committee was set up in 2016 to ensure younger business voices are heard in the CBI’s decision making. Often, as the generation which will be the most affected, young people have strong views on their future, over which they have no control. With the COVID-19 pandemic following a similar division of how generations are impacted differently, the committee has been discussing the issues worrying young people, from a young leader perspective. This article reflects those conversations, including the committees’ thoughts around the future and some advice for managing young people during these uncertain times.
Headlines haven’t been particularly positive around young people lately, scapegoating the younger demographic as the cause of higher infection levels, but it is worth remembering that that young people have also had a very hard time throughout this pandemic. They’ve faced uncertainty over their exam results, places at universities and on grad schemes; and often are in poor working-from-home conditions. They are also the most likely age group to be made redundant because of the pandemic. However, more pressing for many young people, is the anxiety of what the future holds for them in terms of