Youth is a state that has been regarded as an important state in an individual’s stage of development. As such, much expectation and importance have been attached to the stage not only because of the belief that it marks the transition from childhood to adulthood, but also the stage that determines a person’s achievement or importance in society. However, such a description and greater expectations from the youths are yet to become a reality. On many occasions, the term “youth” is no longer being regarded as a transition stage in life, but as, unproductive adults. Consequently, this paper compares the problem of youth unemployment and the economy as presented by “Can Generation Xers be Trained” and “The Sweet Bird of Youth is Signs of Age” with the assertion that the problem of youth unemployment is an economic crisis that has been caused by the government and the corporate world’s negligence to take responsibility and empower the youths as independent persons in the society.
In the present world, youth unemployment is an issue that has been taken seriously by the federal government. This is evidenced by various strategies and programs that the government has put in place to attack the problem of unemployment among those aged below 30 years (520). Despite such effort, the literature reveals that the federal government’s youth unemployment program is not geared towards empowering the youths economically. According to "The Sweet Bird of Youth Is Showing Signs of Age" (520), the fact that youths are regarded to be people between the age of 16 and 35, implies that quite a large portion of the population in a country are dependent on services offered by the government’s youth employment programs. However, since a person’s present average life is 75 years. It implies that none in the society is always independent and productive economically by one-half of their average life thereby leading to the continued problem of dependency and economic imbalance within the society. On the other hand, "Can Generation Xers Be Trained?" asserts that the problem of unemployment has been caused the society’s inability to allow the youths an opportunity to display their talents (Caudron 509). In most cases, Generation Xers are composed of the youthful (Caudron 509). Despite that such people are mostly equipped by appropriate training from various institutions, they hardly get absorbed in the corporate world to become independent and contribute economically to society. This implies that the problem of youth unemployment and economic dependency is mostly propagated by the government and the corporate laxity to offer the youths an opportunity to become independent.
At the same time, the problem of youth unemployment and economic dependency is being propagated by the demining attitudes that leaders have sometimes inculcated or forced on the youths. For instance, "The Sweet Bird of Youth Is Showing Signs of Age" (520) cites that society often regards the youths as immature people; persons with no ability to make any decisions regarding the fate of the country. One of the areas where the youths are perceived to have no ability to make decisions is the economic status of a nation. Such perception has continuously created a gap between leaders from all walks of and the youths thereby promoting laxity among the youths to give up dependency although they are vibrant and well endowed for the effective economic development of any society. The article further asserts that demining attitudes have made the youths develop self-fulfilling prophecies of living between hand and mouth thereby propagating generational economic crisis. The demining attitude is also highlighted by "Can Generation Xers Be Trained?" (Caudron 509); an attitude that the article believes promotes unemployment and deters economic growth. Caudron asserts that the corporate world hardly offers the youths an opportunity to utilize their training, educational, and technological qualification within the job market because most modern openings in the job markets require people with experience; merit that only favors the elderly who have gained experience by being in the field for sometimes.
The other aspect that is attributed to the continued unemployment among the youth and continued economic crisis is the unstructured training that is offered by both government institutions as well as corporations. According to “Can Generation Xers Be Trained?", neither the government nor the corporate institutions has captured the attention of the Xers generation. As such, the training that is supposed to empower the youths thus eliminate unemployment is not “meaningful, memorable and fun”. This implies that any effort made by both the government would still not resolve unemployment and economic dependency if they do not adhere to the age of technology. On the other hand, "The Sweet Bird of Youth Is Showing Signs of Age" concurs with the unstructured training by citing that the government and corporations perceive the youths as a generation whose time to take up jobs, become independent, and contribute to society economically has “not yet come”; this is even though the youths are the most educated (520).
In conclusion, it is a fact that the youths are vibrant, energetic, and resourceful persons. This implies that they can contribute effectively in all aspects of a nation if utilized and empowered appropriately. However, such resources can also be wasteful and become a burden to society if they are not regarded and empowered or allowed the opportunity to contribute to society. In other words, the problem of unemployment among the youths is an economic crisis that is being fostered by the government and corporations through encouraged dependency, demining attitude, and unstructured training. Ironically, both the government and the corporate world are not only ignorant of the fact that dependency, demining spirit, and unstructured training propagate self-fulfilling prophecy among the youths and continued economic dependency, but are also unwilling to lower the youth age to ensure that a over 90% of the society’s population are employed, have a living and independent for economic stability and wellbeing of the society.