Sunday, 4 October 2009
Essay 05 (Previous generation)
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some people feel that young people face more pressure today than the equivalent age groups did in previous generations. Others think they have a much easier life than their parents did. What is your opinion?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
You should write at least 250 words.
The youth of the previous generations, I believe, did experience greater pressure compared to the present generation of young people, owing to several economic, social and professional issues they encountered.
In the past, the economic condition in many families, especially in developing countries like India, was not as stable as it is today. Hence, the physical, educational, professional and recreational needs of young people were not sufficiently met. For instance, if a young person wanted to pursue higher studies, it was often not possible as it was not affordable to many families. On the other hand, it is much easier for today’s children to get higher education because of the better economic situation in modern families. Therefore, the level of stress experienced by today’s young generation is comparatively less.
Secondly, even in professional fields, today’s youth have greater opportunities, in securing a job or moving from one to another. For example, if you would take a country like India, in the last few years the economic progress achieved by the nation has created enormous job opportunities for the educated youth. In contrast, many young people a few decades ago experienced a great deal of stress because of the lack of job opportunities, in spite of their educational qualifications. The economic freedom enjoyed by the young generation of the present age has helped them to lead a more comfortable and relaxed life.
However, one should not ignore the fact that young professionals today experience enormous stress at work due to stiff targets, demanding deadlines and long working hours. The challenges are intense even in competitive examinations to get into professional courses.
Nonetheless, compared to the past, the present young generation experience lower levels of stress and lead an easier life.
Written by George Andrews Moolekary You are welcome to post your comments and suggestions...