More than two thirds of young people are worried about not being able to find a job, according to a new study.
A survey of 2,000 youngsters aged between 15 and 22 found almost as many were concerned they would end up in a dead-end job.
The research, by British Gas, also showed that young people believed their parents' generation found it easier to get work.
Some sectors of the jobs market continue to be overlooked by many young women, with almost half of those surveyed admitting they had never considered working in science, technology, engineering and maths-related areas.
There was a perception that the sectors were sexist or better suited to men.
Claire Miles, of British Gas, said: "There are some fantastic opportunities for both women and men in these sectors, so I'm concerned to hear that so many young women are put off by careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.
"With boys already taking advantage of the apprenticeship opportunities available, I would encourage girls to think about engineering."