Pre-Study in the UK

We conducted interviews with 20 young people between the ages of 16 and 24 years. They were all able to discuss the future. Although they were concerned, they seems optimistic about the future. Most of them wanted work-life balance in the future and discussed having families and finding meaningful employment after tertiary education. About two-thirds were concerned about the UK’s plan to leave the EU and did not want the UK to leave. Even amongst ones who wanted to remain, there was little feeling of European identity. Others wondered what would happen to the EU in the future and whether the UK would rejoin at some point. Some criticised the EU for its big business neo-liberal policies that led to austerity in many countries, whereas others mentioned regulation.  Only a few rated immigration as a problem. In general, young people seemed fairly optimistic about the world.