COVID-19 and Young People’s Education and Employment Aspirations: A 3 Year Study in Geelong

The Anthony Costa Foundation has provided three years funding (2021-2022-2023) for a project titled: COVID-19 and Disadvantaged Young People’s Education and Employment Aspirations: A Longitudinal Study of Young People’s Transitions in Geelong. Using innovative, platform based, video capture technologies the project is conducting a series of video interviews with young people as we track their education, training and employment pathways in COVID ‘normal’ socio-ecologies that are profoundly shaped by historical and contemporary processes of disadvantage and marginalisation.

The project has a number of aims, including: to provide Geelong region stakeholders with a strong evidence base over 3 years to co-design innovative interventions to foster the education and employment aspirations of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Geelong in the wake of a COVID-19 youth labour market crisis: and to contribute to regional, state, national and international debates about the challenges and opportunities that emerge for young people’s education, training and employment pathways at the convergence of the 6th Mass Extinction and the 4th Industrial Revolution, a convergence ‘between an advanced knowledge economy, which perpetuates patterns of discrimination and exclusion, and the threat of climate change devastation for both human and non-human entities’ (Braidotti 2019).


At this link you will find further details about the research project, including what RMIT University calls a Participant Information Consent Form – which you will need to read to give your consent to participate in the research.

We will ask you a series of questions via VideoAsk. Those questions include:

1. My life at the moment

Can you tell us about how you view your life at the moment?

2. The world now, and in the future

Can you tell us your thoughts about the current state of the world at the moment?

3. My life in the future

We want to know a little about your hopes and aspirations for your future.

4. Something else?

There will also be an opportunity to tell us anything else that you would like to at the moment.

We will also ask you to provide some further details about your age and background.

The full details of these questions can be found below, and can give you a guide to think about your responses.

Making your VideoAsk response

Before you answer those questions you should spend some time considering what you want to say, and how you want to say it.

The link will work on a desktop, a laptop, a tablet, or a mobile phone. We ask that you don’t use the ‘Safari’ browser because it doesn’t support the platform.

You will make a good video response if you take some time to make sure the lighting and the volume are at good levels, and that you are in a quiet place with no background noise or any disturbances.

If you are using your mobile you should make sure that it is steady, maybe resting on a firm surface, and in landscape/horizontal mode

The links here are to a number of examples from an existing project in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs.


Please leave your contact details below if you would like to participate or to find out more..

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