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Jakarta Post

Young adulthood blues in Indonesia: Graduating universities and still dependent on parents

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya
    Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 2, 2019   /  08:48 am
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Unemployed youngsters throng a recent job fair in Jakarta. (The Jakarta Post/Ricky Yudhistira)

There is no survival guide for adulting. And for young adults in Indonesia, where millions are still unemployed, breaking free from parents’ financial support is not always an easy thing to do. For Nuri, 31, the financial support from her parents is still her lifeline. Nuri still lives with her parents in Jakarta while trying to finish her master’s degree, which is fully funded by her parents. She has done some freelance photography jobs but essentially relies on her parents. Fortunately for her, her parents cover her daily needs, and they pay her credit card bill. Her younger brother also helps her with transportation, food and other monthly needs. “If they did not support my financial needs, I think I would discontinue my studies and try to find a proper job instead. My father wants me to start managing my money independently, so that one day, when he ca...