Review: The Real Conversation 2013
The Real Conversation
Mercure Holland House
Wednesday 5th June 2013
The term ‘lost generation’ has been passing the lips of so many people these past few years.
The youth of today are seen as not wanting to work, only after benefits and immensely lethargic. This has to be changed. After all, those who criticise this generation fail to remember who raised them. The term undiscovered generation is better and now should be accommodated into our vocabulary.
The Welsh Government has created an event entitled The Real Conversation. Taking place all over Wales, the events aim is to tackle the problems that are associated with those young people who are likely to become unengaged with school, work, family etc. The term NEET is the acronym used for a young person who is not in education, employment or training. This word should hopefully fall into the ether, in the hope that more young people can have the opportunity for work and obtain other opportunities.
The event started off with a DJ, some rapping and a decent buffet. Although I was out of my comfort zone, the effort these two put into their music was commendable. The beat-boxing was particularly impressive. Yet somehow it seemed inappropriate for an event like this. On paper it sounds like it will be a really good way to appeal to young people. But its not to say all youths like this sort of music.
After this, we were ushered into the main hall and seated with varying young people and organisations. Much was talked about and it felt very relaxed. But I did have to do some defending for TheSprout, CLIConline and our other establishments. Some professionals said they had never heard of us, but I did say that I have come across more organisations that have heard of us as opposed to young people. It's safe to say I defended our corner and made it clear of our intentions.
We had the opportunity to vote in questions related to all the concerns on the day. It was nice to see just how people voted in these topics in quick time outcomes. They even played the music when the audience votes on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. A live Twitter feed also express people's views that were present and perhaps were to shy to speak with the microphone.
Some of problems seem to lie with how young people are portrayed as professionals. This is an issue I have battled with all my life when it comes to employment. If we aren’t given a chance then there is no way we can better this awful situation we are in. As someone who has just come off Job Seekers Allowance and now has a salary, it's refreshing to not have to go into the Job Centre every two weeks and speak of your activity. Nice, even just for a short while.
It was also great to hear that the trouble with application forms shall be looked at. As someone with appalling handwriting (I should be a doctor really!) and as someone with Dyslexia, these forms can be an absolute nightmare. Doing them on a PC is better but I have never gotten over the fact that employers never seem to take CVs anymore. I hope these will be looked at and changed for the better.
These events can only help get rid of the stigma that is associated with youths today. Whether or not a young person wants to work they still need to be given the chance. Youth is not wasted on the young and it's about time for some change.
Related Article: The Real Conversation 2012