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Originally posted by SpaceMonkeys
I graduated with a 2:1 degree 3 years ago. I've applied for every single job I can find and not just jobs related to my degree but anything from bar jobs, shop assistant, call centres, general office work, anything.
The only job I've had in the past 3 years since graduating was a 6 month temporary job fixing wheelchairs as a trainee. The job was a government funded scheme and the company had no intention of taking me on permanently, once my time was up they would just get someone else onto the scheme for free labour.
That was a year ago and I have applied for every single job I can find.
It has now got to the point where I have signed up for voluntary work and I have now started an 8 week work placement doing general admin/office work for a charity.
How do you think threads like this make me feel?
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
How easy is it to get a plumber to your house same day and sometimes same week?
How often does a plumber call you back even?
And how much does it cost?
This market is thirsty for more plumbers
More plumbers is more competition which will be better prices for you as well
What about an electrician?
Are they easy to get at your home same day?
And even more importantly landscapers
You call a landscaper sure they may come same day, but when will they start the project?
Sometimes months or weeks ahead
Sometimes they give you a quote and never call you back
Sometimes they come to do an estimation and they never send you the quote unless they do it onsite
Many of these guys are either irresponsible or they have so many contracts to work on that they don't care
And that's from the horse's mouth
There are plenty of jobs out there
But when people think of jobs they only think about the help wanted ads or monster.com
They never think of starting their own business and THAT is the problem
They wait for a job to come to them instead of them themselves going towards a new business initiative
Come on people!
I realize that this is not universal truth, some areas in ghettos have very little buyers for landscaping and also may live in appartments where the landloard takes care of it.
But in the city and suburbs there's loads of jobs
And if you live in a ghetto maybe you can drive outside of town for such a job and then move out
However let's not say there's no jobs out there
That's just not true
I'm not saying it's easy out there, but you don't jump to "There's No Jobs!!!"
Hell yeah why should I work for slave wages? I'm not Chinese. Im not stupid either I'd rather stay on welfare. If I get a job at Walmart by the time I pay for fuel car repairs and insurance I'm working for free. If I'm gonna work for free in the most expensive country on the planet to live in. I might as well sit on my rear and do nothing.
Originally posted by Atom12
I absolutely agree. There are jobs. There are also lots of people who have learned how to work the system to get welfare, etc. and would rather do that than be employed. Studies in other countries have shown that entitlement programs just create more people getting entitlements.
Originally posted by LeBombDiggity
My gf is an adviser in a Job Centre. (for those outside UK, a Job Centre is a depressing government office where unemployed & unemployable people look for jobs, collect benefit payments, shout at & assault the staff, piss on the floor or blade each other)(or some combination of all of that)
They recently invited nearly 200 unemployed people to a series of group sessions ... a local employer had 40+ vacancies to fill. Full time, call centre (not sales ... inbound banking), £2 ph above minimum wage. That's more than my GF gets paid.
Of those invited, only 27 turned up.
Says it all really.