Understanding what our youth want, not what they need
For young people today, income, and the resulting economic independence it brings, is significant—it gives them agency and the freedom to make life choices. This is particularly crucial for women because earning an income allows them to negotiate with their families when it comes to marriage and childbearing and exercise a degree of power and influence in personal and work situations.
Incomes are also considered a source of dignity and mobility. When the young are seen as productive earning members of the family, it automatically earns them the respect and trust of older family members.
Incomes are just a starting point, though. Several other factors influence the employment opportunities they seek, the work they prefer, and their career choices.