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What I learned from being a kitchen hand



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It’s a tough time for graduates and other young people in the job market at the moment. A BBC programme Up for Hire Live is exploring youth unemployment and recruitment, whilst following the experiences of four job seekers.

One of the themes that the programme explores is the perception that many young people are not prepared to do any old job in order to achieve their aspirations. Social media round ups throughout the programme revealed another side of the story. Young people ARE applying for these so-called menial jobs, but they are seen by employers as overqualified and uncommitted. Continue reading

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How working overseas helped me adjust to freelancing

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Two years ago – almost to the day – I arrived in Melbourne with my boyfriend and a one-year visa. The purpose of my visit was to work for a few months in order to raise money for the rest of our round the world trip.

Unfortunately, I arrived in Melbourne at totally the wrong time. Someone had told us to arrive early in the Southern Hemisphere summer because all the backpacker jobs would be snapped up before February.

We were totally misinformed. For three months my boyfriend and I struggled to find office work. Our arrival had coincided with the pre-Christmas lull, which was much more pronounced in 2008 because of jitters about the economy. We finally got something in February (ironically). My boyfriend found a data entry job, while I got a relatively well paid dish-washing job. Continue reading

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Is the Australian suburb under threat?

Australia’s most famous suburban street

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Well it could be according to a Brisbane-based planning academic.

Professor Tony Hall of Queensland Griffith University has noted that backyards are shrinking across Australia. In an interview published in the Sydney Morning Herald, Hall claims this reflects a shift away from the outdoor-loving lifestyle that Australians have long treasured.

Hall has found the newer homes have smaller backyards. He blames this on home-buyers desire for bigger houses and too little time to spend in their gardens. Continue reading

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Black, white and dead all over

The supposed decline of the print newspaper industry has commanded many column inches in the UK and around the world. Just after arriving in Melbourne, I attended journalism union Media Alliance’s conference on the future of journalism and wrote a story on it for Press Gazette.

A report launched alongside the event confirmed that the trends that have sent print media in the US and UK into decline are gathering pace in Australia. A keynote speech from US media expert Phil Meyer suggest that a leaner, more technologically driven industry will emerge from the ashes of the old one. This raised questions about how journalists would adapt to the changing environment.

In a discussion on the economics of journalism, Ivor Ries, head of research, EL&C Baillieu Stockbroking, predicted that newspapers are in for “ten years of hell”, but that things would improve once titles work out how to make money from the internet. Old mastheads were seen by most participants as the best place for this innovation, but one speaker said that if these titles can’t come up with the goods they should be bought out by someone who can.

There was also some debate on how journalism schools and the employers should prepare new entrants to the industry. Continue reading

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