How to motivate young people at work when they don't see a future in the job and don't take it seriously
Young people are not fools.
If there is no future in the job, don't try to "peddle" it.
Instead, tell the truth, the job is a stepping stone to something better once they master basic skiils.
Life Principle #1
DO ALL you can, where you are, with what you have. Don't sit on your hands waiting for a hand-out, make "it" happen, one step at a time.
Life Principle #2
Upward and Onward- never stop working toward your goals, constantly step back to reassess goals. Persist, routinely re-evaluate, readjusting accordingly.
Life Principle #3
IT WILL REFLECT! eventually you reap both harm/benefit later than you sowed and greater than you sowed.