No Entry and No Exit – the struggles of opposite generations

I heard on the BBC the other day that people continue working after they retire. The news reader discussed this in a state of surprise, as though they didn’t think this was necessary. But think about the reducing pension schemes and the increasing life expectancy and it makes perfect sense.

I’ve often heard it said by students, including me, that by the time we reach our 60s or 70s we won’t be able to retire, and that’s assuming there are enough jobs to go round in the first place! You’re forever hearing about ‘benefit scroungers’ who don’t work, but looking at the number of applicants per job it’s practically impossible to find work. Especially since any qualified graduate is generally told they need experience in order to get a job they trained for. However, apply for a lower-grade placement and you’re ‘over qualified’. How do you win?

What can this generation do if every opportunity has a barrier stating ‘no entry’, and the retired continue to work, leaving no room for ‘fresh blood’?