27 05 2009

Just a quick note to apologise for the lack of blogging activity recently. Apparently being under-employed is surprisingly busy. In between working, volunteering, and studying, I will try to find time to write something more substantial soon. I am hoping this will be tonight, but there is the small matter of the Champions League final that may get in the way. Anyway, here’s a couple of videos relating to the Champions League, about the two best finals:



21 08 2008

There has been talk recently of the growing unemployment figures, and how this is indicative of the bad nature of society, where people are willing to take opportunities to claim various allowances, but do little to actually find work.

As someone who has been claiming such allowances recently, I would just like to lend my voice to the issue, insisting, as I will, that it is actually quite hard to get on the career ladder, especially if you are a graduate who has little clear idea what they want to do. As someone in the position last May, I had been job hunting since early in the year. Obviously this bore little fruit, as I have made at least a couple of appeals on this site for work. Being, as I technically was, unemployed, but paying rent, I felt I had little choice but to claim allowances which could help me pay my way, at least in part.

In the meantime, I was applying for jobs daily, with at least a couple of application forms being completed every day (by the way, do you know how long such forms take to complete? It’s ridiculous). The jobs for which I applied ranged from menial shop jobs to more career-based work. I had a couple of interviews, but got nowhere with them, with one prospective employer telling me it was because I lacked customer experience. I felt like I was in a catch 22, I didn’t have enough experience, but no-one would give me a job to gain experience. Finally, last Tuesday I was offered a shop role until Christmas. Which means I need to continue my search for long term work, but does take some of the heat off of me.

Anyway, enough of my sob-story, the point was that for all the moaning about the state of unemployment in the country, the reality is that it is actually very difficult to find work at the moment. The yearly influx of graduates into the job market, coupled with the economic slowdown has meant that it has become really very difficult to get work anywhere.

Yes, there are people who sponge off the state. Many of them have good reason for it though. It is those who claim various allowances but then fail to do anything to really help themselves who are the problem.  It is my feeling that the issues should not be reduced into a generic, negative title of “unemployed on benefits”, because case’s vary. I know I was actively seeking work, and still am, but many do not, and are happy to take the handouts. It is these people who are still the problem.

Break a Leg…

3 07 2008

Whilst filling in yet another application form for a job, I was struck by a bit of the small print (which you should always read folks). It said “If you have a disability you are guarenteed an interview if you meet the essential requirements of the job as set out in the person specification”. This really annoyed me.

Looking through the person specification, the essential bits are comparatively simple things: “A good level of education”, “Experience of using local websites” and “Experience of working directly with the public”. As I read these things, I knew that I could tick all the boxes. However, because I am not disabled, I am not guarenteed an interview, and therefore may not be selected for the role. Which I think is hugely unfair.

Would it not be better to say something along the lines of, “if you can prove you fulfill all these requirements, we will guarentee you an interview”? With all application forms, there is a section about discrimination, you have to say what ethnicity you are, and whether you have a disability, as well as providing your gender. Now I understand why this is needed, but when there is small print like the above one, you cannot help but wonder if this whole idea of ensuring equality perhaps is having an adverse effect, and is actually serving to perhaps discriminate against those run-of-the-mill type individuals such as myself? Why can I not be guarenteed an interview if I fulfill all the criteria, but those with disabilities can? I almost feel as though I’m the one being discriminated against because I am not disabled in any way, shape or form.