QUOTE(sbhoa @ Jun 9 2012, 06:57 PM)
QUOTE(Swell Box @ Jun 9 2012, 06:49 PM)
QUOTE(Floss @ Jun 9 2012, 11:01 AM)
I just changed my forum signature. Up until last night it read "Shouldn't be on here really... dissertation to write!
Well... not any more!
QUOTE(Swell Box @ Jun 8 2012, 12:06 AM)
However, I am not sure that the outlook for job seekers is quite as gloomy as it is painted.
I have no doubt that many people do genuinely struggle to find work, but similarly, many businesses are struggling to find people who are willing to get out of bed in the morning to do a day's work.
This feels quite harsh, I must admit - it perhaps depends on the area in which you live? For each of the part-time positions I have secured to pay my way through university, I applied for around 30-40 jobs, usually gaining one or two interviews and then finally securing a position. I have experience, am willing and able and would pretty much have turned my hand to anything to get me through my degree. Now that I'm looking for graduate jobs, of course the ratio of applications : interviews is even less fruitful...! But good luck to your son, SB - I found a gap year job quite easy to come by as well, but then I was living at that time in a completely different part of the UK!
I have no wish to offend anybody, but what I said is my experience.
We live in the North East of England (Co. Durham), which is reputed to be an unemployment black spot. There are certainly plenty of people in the region who are not in work, but I believe could and should be working, and certainly have no medical reasons for not doing so. Yet, employers in the region struggle to find staff. Why is there such a gap between the two?
Do prospective employees have unrealistic expectations of employers, or is it simply a case that large numbers of people don't want the inconvenience of work when the benefit system pays almost as much?
Maybe the employers are rejecting these people......
I don't think so.
As the owner of a small business myself, (and knowing many others in the same position), I/we have found that there is very little interest in jobs advertised locally.
As I mentioned previously, one local firm based on Teesside is looking for additional staff to expand it's plastic recycling operations, but despite a BBC Look North Report
it is still struggling to fill the advertised vacancies.
In my wife's firm, (a Solicitors Practice), some of the youngsters who start on government backed schemes only turn up for a day or two and then just disappear, whilst others cannot stay off of their iPhones for long enough to do an hour's work.
One of the problems in this area seems to be that large council estates were built in the 1950's and 1960's to service the heavy industries which prospered at that time, such as coal mines, steel mills and chemical works; but most of those industries have now closed down or moved abroad, and the workforce is not prepared to move from or travel from these estates to find work in the many new industries that have sprung up.
When I first moved to the North East in the late 1980's I bought a house about twenty minutes away from where I worked. I was surprised by how many people expected me to 'move closer to work', as they simply didn't understand the concept of commuting over that distance.
Those who live in the South of England will know that there is usually a clear demarcation between residential areas and industry, so almost everybody has to travel to and from work; even if it is only a short drive. However, here in the North East, no such demarcations exist in many older communities, as people are used to living in houses built for and around their workplaces.
From an environmental persective it would be good not to have to travel to work, but what happens when 'work' moves or closes, as it has done all too often in this area?