The last 20 years has seen a sharp decline in young people undertaking part time work to support their studies.
The trend was highlighted last month by Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey, who suggests a reason may be that students feel a job distracting to their studies.
As a consequence, many millennials are coming out of university lacking the skills required for the workplace - such as good timekeeping and the ability to detach from their phones.
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Having a manager and colleagues, working in hierarchies, dealing with difficult people and enduring long working hours in the same location were often new experiences for graduates and school-leavers because they had never been in a work environment.