I hate to say it but I unfortunately am one of those who fit in this category.I'm 19. I'm on jobseekers and I HATE it. I hate having to go into the job center every couple of weeks. I hate random people in most the street giving me evil looks when I enter or leave it. But the thing I hate most of all is living off the tax payers money.
I have applied for 50+ jobs since I started jobseekers in June. Over half of them never got back to me, the few that did told me I needed more experience.
I stayed on at school and I really struggled with my studies. So in order to do well I put all my effort into revision for exams. Not that it made much difference as I tend to panic during exams. When I was in college getting more Highers, I felt the lecturers were teaching the subjects in a way I understood and I was doing well. So I got a part time job at a small joke and gag shop in town, which was managed by my best friend's dad. I was there for just 4 months before head office shut us down.
Then I went through a rough time suffering from depression, so obviously I didn't apply for anything then. I mean who would want to employ someone who was trying to end their own life? No one. I didn't start applying for anything till I felt I could handle it. IS that not fair?
I swear to the goddess the next time I hear someone say I need more experience I will explode. How can a teenagers get experience if no one is willing to let them try?
I mean I'm a fast learner and easily adaptable. I may be shy at first but once I settle in I'm fine. Who isn't a tiny bit unsettled and intimidated when startng a new job?
Come on folks. When you are employing new people think about what they are like underneath the nervous exterior. Ask yourselves is it really logical to ask someone under 20 to have "more experience" when they've been studying their ass off to get good grades?! No.
So this is a plea to employers around the world. Give young people a chance.