How do you cope with making a living?
We would like to understand how young people cope in different ways with trying to make a living across Europe.
The first section focuses on understanding the basic living situation of young people.
Basic living situation
So that we can understand how different types of people make a living, we would like
to explore young people's basic living situation.
What is your highest level of education?
Circle the appropriate level: Post doctorate / Masters / Degree / High school qualification / No qualification
Which city/town do you live in?
Who do you live with? *Select one of the options below
With friends With my partner With my parents / relatives With my children On my own
What is your work situation? *Select one or more options below
Full time work Have two or more jobs Part time work Temporary work Student
Full time carer/parent Never had a job Made redundant Unemployed Other:
When did you start working?
Circle the appropriate time: Less than 1 year ago / 1-3 years ago / 3-5 years ago / Over 5 years ago
How old are you?
Circle the appropriate age: 18-21 / 21-24 / 24-27 / 27-30 / 30-33
This section will explore how young people feel they have achieved and what
they expect of the future.
Have you achieved any of the following? *Select all the relevant options below
Got a degree Got a stable job Got my own house Got married Got children
How important is achieving each of these are to you? *1= not important at all & 5= very important
1 2 3 4 5
Got a degree
Got a stable job
Got my own house
What the five things that you would like to achieve in your life before 40? *Describe each of these briefly and
then rate how important each of these are to you? (1= not important at all & 5=very important)
Why are these important for you to achieve? *Describe briefly based on the answers to the questions above
This section explores how young people cope emotionally with making a living.
How do you cope emotionally with your work situation to make a living? *Select all relevant options
Look for every opportunity to improve my work situation Get inspired by others making a successful living
Try & understand my work situation Lower my expectations about my career Feel scared of what to do
Feel overwhelmed Don't deal with it Give up work Blame myself Blame others
Feel excluded from society Other:
What makes you feel that way? *Describe briefly based on your answers from the question above
How much do you think your work situation is also experienced by other people? *Select one of the options
Circle the most appropriate: Not at all / Not very / Somewhat / Mostly / Very much
How much do you think other people around you understand your work situation? *Select one of the options
Circle the most appropriate: Not at all / Not very well / Somewhat / Well / Very Well
The next section explores how young people cope practically to make a living
and what support they look for.
How do you cope practically with making a living? *Select all relevant options
Look for a job Learn new skills Go back to university to develop new skills Look to borrow money
Ask people for advice on what to do Try and negotiate cheaper rent / bills
Campaign on issues affecting my work situation Join a trade union to help defend me in the work place
Ask a friend to share skills Look for ways to make money Look for ways to save money
What types of support to help you cope with making a living have you used? *Select all relevant options
Local council Jobcentre State benefits Charities or NGOs Family Friends
School or university friends Colleagues Neighbours Online social networks Online support groups
Local support groups Community centres Youth clubs
How have you used the types of support you ticked in the question above? *
Describe how you've used each type of support
How important do you think each of these types of support are to helping young people in precarious /
difficult work situations make a living? *1 = not important at all & 5 = very important
1 2 3 4 5
Charities or NGOs
School or university friends
Online social networks
Online support groups
Local support groups
This section explores the effect of the young people's work situation on their
attitudes on different aspects of society.
How does your work situation affect your attitude on the following areas? Describe briefly on each below
Your relationships with others
What people would you like to interview to understand better how young people cope with precarious work
situations in Europe (for example, creative workers, working class, organization's representatives)?
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