Rebecca

I get frustrated when I apply for a job but no one gets back to me.

I’m Rebecca and I am looking for a job. I get JSA – job seekers allowance – but I’d love to find a real job and be able to come off benefits. It’s been hard finding a job. I go on to Universal Job Match all the time and I’ve applied for many jobs.

I’m only looking for a job in either catering or cleaning – there must be a job for me somewhere. People keep saying there’s loads of jobs out there – but I can’t find one. I’m dyslexic but I think I could do a cleaning job or a job in catering.

I have been asking the job centre for help and I’ve even asked about doing an apprenticeship, but they told me I was too old – I’m 36. I have been on every course and work programme they have offered me. Recently they told me that if I didn’t go yet another course I would be sanctioned. I need a job, not another course.

I feel that there is a lack of support for me from the job centre and the work programmes I’m sent on. I really want a job to support myself, and basically live a normal life. A job would help me build my confidence and self-esteem, I’d get to meet new people and perhaps I’d then start to feel like a valued member of society.

I feel the other programme [Channel 4’s Benefits Street] were filming the wrong image of people on benefits. I’m actually struggling to find work and I want people to know that people are trying to find work and struggling – that we’re not all lazy. I did watch the first series of Benefits Street but it showed them taking drugs and getting drunk, hanging around the streets – it didn’t show people trying. It was all the bad side and not the good side – it seemed all negative.

Real Benefits Street is showing the real image of people who are struggling – it shows the real things people are doing and the struggles they have.

 

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Rebecca

I get frustrated when I apply for a job but no one gets back to me.

I’m Rebecca and I am looking for a job. I get JSA – job seekers allowance – but I’d love to find a real job and be able to come off benefits. It’s been hard finding a job. I go on to Universal Job Match all the time and I’ve applied for many jobs.

I’m only looking for a job in either catering or cleaning – there must be a job for me somewhere. People keep saying there’s loads of jobs out there – but I can’t find one. I’m dyslexic but I think I could do a cleaning job or a job in catering.

I have been asking the job centre for help and I’ve even asked about doing an apprenticeship, but they told me I was too old – I’m 36. I have been on every course and work programme they have offered me. Recently they told me that if I didn’t go yet another course I would be sanctioned. I need a job, not another course.

I feel that there is a lack of support for me from the job centre and the work programmes I’m sent on. I really want a job to support myself, and basically live a normal life. A job would help me build my confidence and self-esteem, I’d get to meet new people and perhaps I’d then start to feel like a valued member of society.

I feel the other programme [Channel 4’s Benefits Street] were filming the wrong image of people on benefits. I’m actually struggling to find work and I want people to know that people are trying to find work and struggling – that we’re not all lazy. I did watch the first series of Benefits Street but it showed them taking drugs and getting drunk, hanging around the streets – it didn’t show people trying. It was all the bad side and not the good side – it seemed all negative.

Real Benefits Street is showing the real image of people who are struggling – it shows the real things people are doing and the struggles they have.

 

“I’m only looking for a job in either catering or cleaning – there must be a job for me somewhere. People keep saying there’s loads of jobs out there – but I can’t find one”.

Rebecca