Low youth employment sparks rise in student entrepreneurship

2 March 2017

Some students have “put on their creative cap and thought of earning money in another ways”.

Student entrepreneurship has become an avenue for self-employment and a steady income.

Sheffield is a student city with two major universities within 1.1 mile of each other. With a total of 24,997 home and international student in both universities, competition in the job market is high.

Being self-employed has enabled many students to balance their education with their work, this flexibility in comparison to a contracted job makes sure that their studies.

Olamide Sho a 21-year-old Hallam nursing graduate has started her own clothing business: Give it to them. (GITT) is an African print inspired apparel and clothing brand which launched late last year.


Rhoda Olu, 21, is a Psychology graduate from the university of Sheffield and founder of AfroStylist, an online pop-up shop.

The Afro Stylist

Sharing her thoughts on employment prospects for students in Sheffield she said: “Sheffield is quite a small city compared to Manchester, Birmingham, London etc. So I am not surprised that there isn’t that many opportunities compared to the cities listed above. Let me put it like this; it’s easier to find a job at Tesco than a job in your degree in Sheffield.”

Rhoda is one of the many people who started a business due to a shortage of opportunities for students in the employment market.

Rhoda said: “Because some fields are highly competitive and it could take 12 years of experience and education for one to get to their desired job. Education is not free. So, we have to put on our creative cap and think of earning money in another way. However, some people don’t mind taking their chances in the competitive world. But the thought of a 9-5 job is discouraging. Studying a course is very different from actually doing the job”.

Statistics show that young people in the UK labour market are considerably outnumbered by their counter parts. It is a common misconception that students in full time education are classified as economically inactive.

Rhoda said: “The thing is it’s all about experience. You need experience for the dream job, but you need a job to get that experience. So sometimes it feels like a dead end. Compared to jobs I have seen from other countries abroad , the UK hasn’t got a wide range of option.

Written by Layomi Alao

You May Also Like…

Skip to content