Ruben Dawnay was supposed to spend his gap year making money by selling salt-beef sandwiches in a market, before pursuing the conventional path of university followed by a graduate job.
As a self-taught cook, the prospect of selling sandwiches at his own stand, Ruben’s Reubens, at Brixton market in south London, offered the chance to make money and “do something different” before starting an economics course at Manchester University in September.
But Dawnay belongs to generation Z — those people born between 1997 and 2012 — whose choices have been thrown into doubt by the coronavirus.
Ruben Dawnay has a place at Manchester University to read economics but prefers running his own sandwich business
The lockdown has forced him to run his business from his parents’ kitchen: he advertises his home-made sarnies online via Instagram — and delivers them by bicycle to customers