Finding a job is about matching. People search for employment that offers a stable income and suits their interests, skills and abilities, and employers seek workers that are the right “fit” with the team and for the role. Globally, but particularly in developing countries where the majority of the world’s youth live, the career aspirations of young people may not match reality. Many young people accept low wages in the informal sector, due to the pressure to earn an immediate income. Due to information asymmetry, youth are often unable to navigate the labour market. The untapped potential of skilled young people working in jobs that have little or no connection with their skills, backgrounds or interests, is significant.

This outcome is about matching young people with decent jobs that leverage their skills on work they are excited to do. This means offering employment services, making sure that training programs offer the right skills for actual jobs, helping young people to shape realistic career aspirations, helping companies to develop young talent through gender-sensitive mentorship or training programs, or ensuring that young graduates are paired with skilled work placements.