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How have your job and working conditions affected your family life and well-being? Including your relationships with parents and siblings and/or your own children and spouse; age of marriage and starting a family; living arrangements; etc.?

 

 

Karuna, 23, from India focused on her relationship with her parents, telling us, “it has changed” since she finished her studies and started working. “It's now awkward to ask for money from my parents. While I am earning, some of my friends are not, and they are graduates. They face the same problem with their parents and minor discussions on money do crop up.” According to Karuna, joblessness implies “a lack of financial resources - which implies stress. And speaking of health, my job has provided me with a good health insurance package that has helped me a great deal! I feel more secure about my health.”

Rachelle, 23, from Toronto, Canada said that her work has “not really impacted” her family life. Yet, for the most part, her work means that she “is rarely home and, at times when I am at home, I am doing work.” Ideally, she would prefer not to take her work home. She feels lucky to be living with her parents since she is not paying any rent, and because of this she has been able to save money to further her education. Prior to her current two part-time jobs, she was working full-time in a work environment that she found stressful and did not like. “I would much… prefer working in my field in various capacities than staying at one job that I hated for the rest of my life.”

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