Young Italians struggling for jobs

CNC report from Rome
Added On August 2, 2013

Italy's unemployment rate has reached its highest level in at least 36 years, with 40 percent of the youth jobless.

In this report, CNC interviews young Italians about their job prospects.

Andrea Impiccini, 21, had been working in local restaurants since high school until last year, when he lost his job.

He went to Holland then, and got a temporary job in a restaurant for three months.

Now he's back home, looking for a new job.

After one month of searching, he's discovered that it's not easy to get a simple job, even for an experienced young man like himself.

SOUNDBITE: ANDREA IMPICCINI
"Now it's also difficult to get a job if you don't have experience, because nobody gives us a job to learn, companies are looking for people who already have experience, so there is no chance to learn. (Maybe a company has ten employees, it makes them work a little more so it doesn't need to hire another, because getting a new person means more taxes and other expenses, in a time like this the employer avoids hiring new people.)"

Italians are not eating out so often and that means less waiters are needed.

SOUNDBITE: ANDREA IMPICCINI
"Ten or twenty years ago, the economy was better, there was more demand for work, more money, and more people who spent money, so employers needed more people and hired more people. But now there's less people who spend money, they prefer to save their money because they know that have to pay taxes and don't want to eat outside and so employers must lay off some employees."

Andrea Germani, 27, has a master degree in history and has completed a one-year advanced course in international politics.

He wanted to do a three-year research course for a doctor degree, but wasn't accepted at the universities he applied for. 

SOUNDBITE: GABRIELE GERMANI
"The problem is that in a major like mine, doing research in college is a natural outlet, it's also difficult to find other kind of work, such as teaching in a school. There are many people waiting for a job position like that, they are much older than me, and they have been waiting for so many years to get a permanent job."

Germani is worried about his future. 

SOUNDBITE: GABRIELE GERMANI
"The problem is that if in ten years I'm still not a the researcher, and I still don't have a stable job, how can I live on my own without the support of my parents? How can I get married and have a good life?"

Germani says only one of his friends is doing a job relative to what he studied.

The others have to do whatever they can, even selling cosmetics from door to door.

SOUNDBITE: GABRIELE GERMANI
" I can also do other jobs, let's say I do a temporary job, hoping that after a while I can get something better. But there is little hope and the real problem is not the bad times we are enduring right now. I'm 26 years old, I'm still young, but the real problem is in the next  2 or 3 years, when I'm 29 or 30 years old, if the situation is still like this, it will be really bad.