Being young in Europe: ‘surreal and ultimately sad’
January 2, 2011 2 Comments
The second sentence in this article about lack of opportunities for young adult Europeans is pretty heavy stuff for a New York Times lead:
LECCE, Italy — Francesca Esposito, 29 and exquisitely educated, helped win millions of euros in false disability and other lawsuits for her employer, a major Italian state agency. But one day last fall she quit, fed up with how surreal and ultimately sad it is to be young in Italy today.
The rest of the article rings pretty true on this side of the Atlantic, as well.
It galled her that even with her competence and fluency in five languages, it was nearly impossible to land a paying job. Working as an unpaid trainee lawyer was bad enough, she thought, but doing it at Italy’s social security administration seemed too much. She not only worked for free on behalf of the nation’s elderly, who have generally crowded out the young for jobs, but her efforts there did not even apply to her own pension.
Question to readers: to what degree do you think this article rings true in the U.S.?