Imagine graduating from Cambridge, full of hopes and dreams and promises that you can succeed at whatever you set your mind to. Then imagine the worst recession since the 1920s hitting the UK, forcing you to abandon dreams of a high-flying career and take a job as a cleaner. In this week's Grazia, we tell the story of 22-year-old Polly Avison, who doesn't need to imagine any of this. The Cambridge graduate was made redundant from her job in advertising months after being hired, and is now struggling to make ends meet.
Last week's budget revealed that under-25s are the worst-hit sector of society in this recession, with thousands of recent graduates facing redundancy and increased competition for entry-level jobs. However, Polly's hopeful that the recession is an opportunity for us to ask what we really want. As she says, 'I figure that if I'm going to be starting from scratch, I want to make sure I do something that makes me happy.'
What do you think? Is the recession an opportunity to re-think your priorities? How does it feel to know that our dream jobs might not be there for the taking anymore?