A new survey from The Open University revealed that 35 per cent of those polled have had to rethink their career plans because of the cost-of-living crisis, while a shocking 31 per cent fear they will struggle to afford food. A fifth of those polled are rethinking their plans to go to university, while 18 per cent have sought help from a food bank.
The study also found that 35 per cent of those polled have had to rethink their career plans because of the cost-of-living crisis, while a shocking 31 per cent fear they will struggle to afford food.
More than half plan on taking extra courses in a bid to better their skillset and knowledge. As a result of the crisis, 36 per cent are now worried they will never be able to afford their own home.
- 32 per cent are already feeling the effects of inflation
- 21 per cent are rethinking their plans to go to university
- 18 per cent have sought help from a food bank
- 55 per cent are more determined to get a job that pays well
A fifth of those polled are rethinking their plans to go to university, while 18 per cent have sought help from a food bank. Other things young adults have had to cut down on or stop completely include nights out with friends, getting takeaways and even booking holidays. 23 per cent are worried about what the future holds, with 55 per cent are more determined than ever before to get a job that pays well.
Martin Upton, a Senior Lecturer in Business at The Open University said:
"Everyone is feeling the pinch, but people might not realise just how much it is affecting the younger generation. Although financial anxiety is at an all-time high for all, it's particularly difficult for young people since they are making vital decisions at a crucial point in their lives. It is a shame to hear so many are rethinking their plans for university study.
"Now is a better time than ever to be investing in your career and getting that all important job that pays well. Research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) shows that having a UK university degree adds £100k or more on average to lifetime net earnings. So, despite the financial uncertainty that young people are facing, and while higher education seems like a big financial commitment, in the long run it will pay off."
Those who are considering investing in their careers to safeguard their financial futures have until 8th September to register for a course that is of interest at the Open University.
Martin adds: "You could be studying and planning for a better future by October – your future is open."
Top reasons for the cost-of-living crisis putting young people off going to university include worries of getting into debt they can't afford to pay back, not knowing how they will work and study at the same time and wanting to go straight into a full-time job so they can be paid.
Further insights on how cost of living is affecting attitudes to higher education* revealed that nine per cent are intending to postpone or delay any study plans due to the current financial uncertainty, whilst 12 per cent are now considering less expensive courses.
It also emerged that while seven per cent don't believe money can buy you happiness, 14 per cent think they would need to be earning at least £35,000 a year to live comfortably. On top of this, a third said a job that pays well is more important to them than having a job they are happy in.
But of those who took part in the survey, 53 per cent think a well-paid job is harder to find in this day and age.
The Open University offers flexible learning, meaning you can fit your studies around a full-time job, earning whilst you are learning. More than 80% of OU students in England don't pay anything upfront for their degrees, financing these through a student loan. So, if you're thinking of furthering your education, now is the time to do so.
Noughts & Crosseswhat Young People Have Had To Do Since The Cost-of-living Crisis Started:
- Cut down / stop going on nights out with friends
- Reduce / stop getting takeaways
- Budget their spending
- Stop visiting home to save on travel
- Scrap or postpone plans to go to university
- Use foodbanks
- Get a job
- Move back to their parents
- Get a second job
- Eat out less
- Increase working hours in their current job
- Watch their energy usage so bills aren't high
- Stop treating themselves
- Stop buying coffee from a coffee shop
- Buy fewer clothes
- Buy supermarket 'own brand' products
- Shop in cheaper supermarkets
- Walk instead of driving to places
- Stop buying presents for friends/family, e.g for birthdays or baby showers
- Buy secondhand clothes
- Stop booking holidays
- Use vouchers/coupons and deals to save money
- Sell belongings, e.g. clothes, homeware and technology
- Buy a rail card to save on travel
- Use public transport
- Defer going back to university later this year
- Cut any TV subscriptions e.g. Netflix
- Stop any sporting activities
- Get an extra housemate to help pay for bills
- Sell their car