The real problem are the people who criticise the system

Yesterday I heard a woman saying that people on Job Seekers Allowance do nothing to try and find a job. In her own words, people recieving benefit are useless wastes of space. People who don't want to work, people who the country would 'be better off without'. And what's worse, this woman was a Job-Centre Advisor...

Now, as mentioned previously, I am unemployed. I'm not ashamed to admit that for one second. I'm not ashamed because I'm trying so, so hard to find a job, and it's near impossible for someone with little public experience to find a job in this desolate climate...I look in the newspaper. I look on the internet. I call places. I sign up to receive interview offers from apprenticeship agencies offering bare minimum wages, simply because I want a job, I want to learn and gain new experiences, I want to gain new qualifications, but more than anything I want to built a life for myself. And I'm not the only person who does this. Hundreds, of thousands of people, young and old every day search up and down the country for jobs, in every sector imaginable.

But this bigoted, opinionated wh*re of a woman, she said people like me, and even myself, do nothing to find a job. We just sit around all day, playing the xbox and watching Jeremy Kyle whilst eating chips and doritos bought with the money we get from the taxes they pay.
I have no doubt whatsoever that there are people who do nothing but this every week. I'm sure of it in fact, but just because one or two people abuse the system, 60 others try as hard as they can, and take every single opportunity given to them. And that is the source of the problem. It's the Nirvana Fallacy. You never hear of the success stories within people who are unemployed. You only hear about people like those on Jeremy Kyle. What sort of image is she painting of the unemployed people? The people she tells won't know any better, and because she works at the job centre, the people she tells will believe her! The nation will continue to believe that all the 3 million people out of work are currently on Call of Duty, drinking a can of Stella and getting arrested.

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Vicky Palmer 5 years ago

Congratulations on your new job. Well done and good luck. XX


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LoopyGem 5 years ago from Canada

It does suck when ignorant people speak. Period. To have the ability and potential to obtain a job such as hers to make a difference in others' lives and then use it against them is the ultimate description of a hypocritical b*tch...reading above I'd say congrats is in order to you and kudos to not allowing people like her stop you from doing what you need to do...


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Thanks! I completely agree. It's such a shame people like her are able to uphold a position like that in these times, when so many other people could do the same job with a much better more pro-active attitude! I'm not wishing anything against her, it'd go against everything I believe in really, but I do wish she would see sense and stop judging everyone bases on what she saw once, that's how prejudices are formed...

Thanks again!


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daffodil2010 5 years ago

liked it!


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Thanks!


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Ozay 3 years ago from North Yorkshire

The system is set up to make you feel oppressed, and Tabloids don't help by branding people as 'scroungers' heaven forbid how these people would feel if they were out of work who dish out the abusive language and negative stereotyping! You do what you do and don't let these worms get in your way, there's some advice for you!


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Ryan-Palmsy 3 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Thanks for the advice Ozay!

People don't often realise the feeling of being out of work, being stuck in the same house every single day, then going to the big Job Centre to be judged by people who don't actually know you personally. It can all get a little depressing sometimes.

Fortunately I've found work as of late and no longer go to the Job Centre, but many of my friends do and they do not have a good time. Finding a job in this economy is an uphill struggle, sometimes you have to wonder if it's worth it.


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Ozay 3 years ago from North Yorkshire

It'd be a lot easier if they woke up and left the long term unemployed alone or if they want to force them to do things then get them do some volunteering in charity shops or outdoor for say one day a week. People go on about us unemployed taking their taxes but if we didn't it'd only be wasted on something worse and how would they like to be out of work? The longer you are out of work the harder it is to find any job...but they seem to think that putting people on a dead end course for two years will do the trick! Well it's already been mentioned on the news that it's failed already, yet they still pursue it! Now instead of bonuses from finding you some vacancy they seem to think funding for daft courses seems to be the answer!


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Ryan-Palmsy 3 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

That is very true Ozay! Funding for courses is a brilliant idea, but it has to be relevant, and give a qualification that an employer would actually value. Otherwise it could be a waste.


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Ozay 3 years ago from North Yorkshire

Also they should deliever the qualification! I did more courses than ever before last year and haven't received one single certificate i know they can be slow but this takes the mick, because i did the main courses in July so i should have recieved something by now! I have complained but it hasn't got my anywhere. In fact the way some of these courses are taught is so unpleasant that i am now cautious of what i choose! I would rather they help me with jobsearch after all it is supposed to be a 'work' programme but they seem to think the answer is to do courses instead and tell me that i can do jobsearch at home, which i do do but i feel isolated with it as i have dyspraxia and haven't had many jobs or luck looking for work as a result and there is certain jobs that wouldn't be suitable for me. They know that i have got dyspraxia but don't support me with this.


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Ryan-Palmsy 3 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

I have a friend who did a Fork-Lift licence with the job centre, well over a year ago and yet still hasn't received his licence! It's badly organized for sure.

I certainly hope you find a job soon despite your condition, as it cannot be easy! I certainly feel very lucky to have found work after desperately searching for months.


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Ozay 3 years ago from North Yorkshire

Thanks

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