Living in Lockdown: Key findings from Week 8
Wish you were here? Or anywhere that isn’t home, at this point? The panel of 16-24 year olds we’ve been asking to share their outlooks and insights during lockdown are surprisingly relaxed about the major disruptions to their summer plans. With round-the-world trips out, and everyone in, what do our Community Perspectives panel have to say?
One respondent is even completing a virtual internship, and a fifth of respondents will carry on working or studying as normal.
“I have so much work for university I wouldn’t be able to have a holiday anyway.”
“I was due to go to Spain for a week but that’s off, and currently no alternative plans.”
That said, there are still a quarter of our panel heading off on their holidays in the UK.
“I might go on a staycation in a safe place, such as a hotel or caravan park.”
And a couple of people are still determined to travel abroad this summer:
“I will still be going to Belgium, Germany and Denmark – just a little later than previously planned.”
Roll on enrolment
We asked our panel how the pandemic has affected their education or work plans. Almost a third said they’re still planning on starting university this September, and 15% are planning on returning to their studies.
“I am starting university in September. The pandemic has not changed my plans at all.”
“I am still planning to attend university in September, as they have contacted me to detail all the safety measures that will be in place.”
“I will be back for my final year of undergraduate study in September.”
However, there are some concerns over the idea of virtual lectures, with one person saying, “I’m worried I don’t want to do uni online next year.”
When it comes to work, there are concerns over an economic crash in the wake of Covid-19.
“I was looking for work before the pandemic but with future uncertainty surrounding the likelihood of a major economic recession from Covid-19 and impact on businesses due to Brexit, I think my future is very uncertain and it’s likely there will be a period of rising unemployment which will hinder recruitment.”
Yet, some positivity too.
“I started a temp role just before lockdown and went permanent start of May during lockdown. I’m working remotely and plan to stay with the company.”
It’s a mixed bag in terms of emotions, which is to be expected as restrictions start lifting, yet concerns still remain. After a dip last week, our panel are feeling more inspired, supported, and community spirited, although they’re feeling much more frustrated and stressed too.
Our lockdown panel are providing us with some valuable insight during this unusual time. So, we’ll continue to follow them on this emotional rollercoaster and keep you updated with any developments. To ask the panel a question or discover more about our research please contact Rachel Ditchfield (email@example.com). You can find all the weekly findings here.