Have you ever wondered about Working in Publishing?
Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)
The acronym NEET is as far as I am aware is a term first used in the UK to describe young people currently not in education, employment or training. It comprises of people aged between 16 and 24.
According to the UK Office for National Statistics:
For January to March 2016:
There were 865,000 young people (aged 16 to 24) in the UK who were not in education, employment or training (NEET), an increase of 2,000 from October to December 2015 and down 69,000 from a year earlier.
The percentage of all young people in the UK who were NEET was 12.0%, up 0.1 percentage points from October to December 2015 and down 0.8 percentage points from a year earlier.
Under half (44%) of all young people in the UK who were NEET were looking for work and available for work and therefore classified as unemployed. The remainder were either not looking for work and/or not available for work and therefore classified as economically inactive.
Looking back to when I was a teenager, there’s a possibility that my career path may have taken a different course if there were more career opportunities to explore then. All the guidance counsellor at school knew was for one to become a doctor or a lawyer.
Things have changed considerably since then but are they enough?
Are today’s young people inspired enough to be more? In the UK, the cost of tuition alone has gone up A LOT, yet there’s no guarantee of a job, let alone one that can offset the huge debt one gets into.
Other than a university degree what other opportunities are there?
Working from home opportunities
Most parents, especially those in London, can attest to the high cost of childcare. With the birth of a child, most moms use the opportunity to consider working from home.
Some are in careers that allow them to continue working from home, but a lot aren’t so lucky.
I was in this boat myself not all that long ago. I couldn’t very well return back to a 9 – 5 job days after having my little human. However, I needed something to do to keep me sane, that was more than looking after a baby (that I love). That’s how I found myself with my first book Yetunde: The Life and Times of a Yoruba Girl in London.
So now you are possibly in a similar situation. You want to gain new skills that you can use at the onset but not sure where to start.
Working in Publishing – A Hands On Course
This is where I come in. If you have ever considered Working in Publishing but not sure where to start from, I created this hands on course with you in mind. It allows you to build a portfolio in one of four areas in publishing as a:
- illustrator and
Please click on any of the links below for further info and to register for the course.
If you are aged 16 – 24, you can speak to your local council for funding opportunities. I am currently speaking with Lewisham and Hackney councils with regards to this but nothing has been finalised as yet. It may or may not be funded, as most government departments have had their budgets slashed.
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