‘I’m not unemployable, so why won’t you employ me?’: Motivation levels can dwindle – and it’s not surprising
Hundreds of applications to various roles later, I’m yet to receive any feedback on any of my interview techniques, my CV’s strength or any of my abilities. I’m not unemployable and I doubt the millions of other unemployed people are.
Right now, if the economy was a patient, it would still be in intensive care. Showing positive signs, but still a sick puppy. It will take time to inject enough confidence into the market to ensure that growth is maintained and the economy is truly back on track.
As the Conservative Party conference continues in Birmingham, the Chancellor is setting out his plans to boost the economy, and provide some answers to the financial problems businesses in the country are facing at the moment.
Since starting my university summer almost three months ago, I’ve had no more than 10 shifts at my retail job. This isn’t because I’m a seasoned jetsetter or that I’m ‘feckless’ or ‘work shy’; I just happen to be one of those mugs on a zero hour contract.
When I was a student, back in the early nineties, I had a holiday job at the frozen-food supermarket chain, Iceland. One morning, presumably fresh from a leadership course at Frosty HQ, our manager called all the staff together to admonish us for our apparent lack of enthusiasm for the sale of turkey nuggets. “Sometimes I feel that some of you are only in this for the money” she hissed. She was cut off by incredulous laughter. After all, what other motivation could there be for spending one’s weekend restocking a giant fridge freezer?
Charity shops could be the answer our high streets are looking for – but only with a little innovation
Everyone loves a boom story. The art boom of the Nineties galvanized British culture. The mobile technology boom over the last decade transformed the way we live and work. So why is there so little enthusiasm for the charity shop boom on the high street?
It was reported today that Ian Duncan Smith is threatening to stop heroin addicts from being able to claim incapacity benefits. About a hundred of my patients are heroin users and they are all signed off work. IDS pointed out that it was unfair that hardworking tax payers were paying for the addictions of others. This may well be true but is an attempt to force heroin users in to gainful employment really a viable option?
Apprenticeships are on the rise. Although this is welcome news, we need to ensure that the quality of Britain’s vocational training courses is always considered above the quantity, says Mark Farrar, Chief Executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills.
Sadly for a great many unemployed and under-employed Britons, the stuttering private jobs creation machine is all too real.
A lack of proper careers advice has led to a generation of young people being unaware of what they need to study in order to reach their desired careers. Recent statistics suggest that 79% of 16-18 year olds still plan to go to university, despite a huge number of them being unaware of the alternative routes into the world of work.
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