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Young people and the high street

Finding it hard to get a job in retail? FV1 contributor, Neelam Shah, 20, from Croydon, has the answer

One in four new retail jobs are going to young people, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC). What's more, retail has provided 40 per cent of all new jobs in the UK among 16-21 year olds over the last 12 months. That may sound like an interesting statistic, but is it enough to stabilise young people with retail careers?

For young people entering the retail job market for the first time, it’s going to be tricky right now - there is fierce competition between 16-25 year olds who are trying to get their first foot in the door and most shops are looking to cut down staff at the moment due to the current economic climate, not take on more.

One good solution for young people trying to get their first job in retail is to apply to volunteer at a local charity shop. Charity shops are always looking for young, enthusiastic volunteers so it’s great for them. It's great for you too as it gives you a practical way to gain valuable retail skills, such as customer service experience, dealing with accounts and cash till work. It’s also a great way to make a difference in the local community.

So, if you’re feeling stuck without a job and you don’t know what to do, this could be a good stepping stone to a great career in retail.

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