Encouraging the development of creative industries such as the production of video games and computer software is the best way to reduce youth unemployment. To what extent do you agree or disagree? What other measures do you think might be effective?
Today youngsters have all the latest electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, tablets and electronic games, which they enjoy playing immensely. Due to the high demand for these devices there is a great demand for innovative software and video game design.
I believe many young people would like to be employed in this creative sector. They would see their job as being fun and challenging and would be spending time doing what they enjoy most.
However, this job is not suitable for all youngsters, so other options should also be considered. The government could have workshops and courses for jobs where there is a great demand or for industries that lack skilled labour. What is more, a growth in the construction industry usually opens up positions for those entering the job market.
Students often leave university with very little money so even if they wanted to start their own business and introduce something exciting to the market they would be unable to do so. In this case, it would be a good idea for the government to provide some start-up capital for young entrepreneurs, organise competitions with cash prizes for new business ideas or arrange attractive low interest loans.
To sum up, although the growth in creative industries will attract some youth, it will only partially reduce unemployment. Much wider governmental schemes that involve funding, education and support are needed in order to ensure a long-term solution to this problem, rather than just the development of a single industry.
Question taken from Direct to IELTS Student's Book p.118