Mathieu, 22, student

“I do not want to give in to a garbage job”

“A friend has become an agoraphobic force to take the subway every day to get to work, aware that she was lucky to have found an internship paid 600 euros per month. Another friend, less fortunate, chained every conceivable odd job to pay for his studies of psychology. He almost lost faith in humanity when he found himself having to distribute free samples in Parisian bourgeois neighborhoods.

“I am aware of having the advantage that my parents are there for me to survive, although some months, the budget is a small source of panic, and we have to accept certain concessions. I finished my studies knowing that to find a job in my branch, it will be a cross. I enjoy student life to the fullest, the lack of money makes imaginative and resourceful, and most importantly, I work.

“If almost any of my various activities were paid, yet I have accumulated more professional experience than most of those who allow themselves to judge me lazy. I can handle groups of 3 to 50 people, Laying out a newspaper, I know plant and harvest vegetables, take care of a pig, I know to transform a tree trunk in a shelf and get my bearings by the stars, take addressed a crowd or a hostile assembly, speak four foreign languages …

“These capabilities, I have gained as an elected union, editor and newspaper distributor, farmer, host a school … And these are only the unpaid work. Those I have exercised the most because I felt that I was helpful to others. I have the impression to enrich myself by helping and learning by doing a repetitive and absurd activity against a salary. Being a resourceful enough natural and do not have big needs to live happily, I think they do not need to give in to a garbage job. I do not have the certainty of not having one day myself to, but as long as I can live decently without accepting the blackmail money from the labor market, I will. ”

Vincent, 24, in the interim, Marseille

“I found myself too graduated”

“I have not studied philosophy in order to work, but by intellectual taste. It’s stupid, admit. The problem, as Epicurus said, is that no philosopher hungry. And in Paris, it is complicated to pick berries, hunt or fish. In addition, the food piggybacks other unnecessary desires. It is necessary that I go have a beer and reading books. The trouble is that often, I prefer not necessary food needs; the book of the Apocalypse desire Pierre Boutang (37 euros) forced me to eat pasta for a week.

“Without social benefits, I tried to get money or just to earn enough to eat: I was a tutor, babysitter, human guinea pig, security guard, shoe salesman, and I ‘on the way. Each time, I won six francs six under but I could afford my fags and it reassured me for the next day. You see, we often forget that hunger is not really a physical problem, it is primarily an anxiety. We can go a week without eating or even more. But ignorance of whether tomorrow we will have the plate to eat, it’s a spin that you use. And like any anxiety, we try to put in the background by some addictions, alcohol, and literature is my favorite.

“After I was lucky, I had parents, a brother and friends. It provides you eat better opportunities. I had some talent freeloader. So I’ve always been frugal, but I had nothing to save. I have accepted to live for two years in a person to pull down my rent. And then last year of college, I had a student credit: I replaced and Out by debt. Now the shit looming long time: my problem is not what we eat but how to pay tomorrow what I’ve already eaten.

“We had to find a job, but not wanting to be a teacher and has a master’s philosophy, I really look stupid. I was too “graduate” and too “thinking” for jobs that I applied. In démerdant me as a great, I got a job in a bank interim: I am turnkey, that is to say, the guy to be paid 50% social worker and 50% commercial, and especially to be yelled instead of others. But hey, like repeat customers: “It’s not against you, but …” and in the evening I can eat frozen lasagna while watching Netflix and finding that our society is exceptional. ”

PTA and “Libération”

By publishing these texts, Libération editorial continues the adventure begun in January 2015, with the term priority area. PTA, participatory media already associated with the student at the peripheries broadcast on France Inter and the Association of Student Foundation for the City (Afev) is an original device developed by a team of journalists to deploy the youth expression. The principle: to encourage high school students, students, workers, unemployed, urban, rural, to tell and to testify about current events and issues that concern them (school, university, job, money, health, love …) accompanying them . These stories, to discover on, paint a unique panorama and many youths living in France. In March, the 2016 Focus on the journalism in Tours, the term priority area has been designated the winner of media education in the category associative initiative.