Anonymous asked: What gender are you? [do you identify as?]
I am a bloke in body and mind, dear anon.
An open letter to my local JCP
I am a 23 year old jobseeker who wishes to voice my disappointment and disgust at a session I was encouraged to attend at the Kettering Jobcentre Plus this morning (16th May). I have been unemployed and actively seeking work for over two months now and whilst I am thankful for the friendly, helpful and informative nature of my own personal advisor, today I have found the conduct of some of the staff at your organisation less than satisfactory.
The session I attended was described as an “information session and interview about jobs, training and other opportunities” which of course sounded constructive and helpful. I had been instructed to arrive at 10:30am with my CV and personal identification, and I arrived feeling positive about the interview I was due to attend; however I left two hours later at 12:30pm feeling utterly disgruntled, offended and misled.
Firstly I would like to inform you of my disappointment regarding the general conduct of one of your staff members, whose advice to a fellow jobseeker was utterly inappropriate. The young man seeking help was planning to attend a university course in Business Studies and was informed in no uncertain terms that young people who “wasted their parents’ money” on “pointless degrees” would get nothing out of their experiences at university. The young man in question was later advised to seek work in an industrial waste processing plant.
Evidently, this advice is both misguided and irresponsible, leaving the young jobseeker in question with the impression that his ambitions were somehow flawed, or worse, unachievable. As I’m sure you are aware, attending university is not only a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and advance one’s career, but the entire university experience is one that can significantly shape and improve a young student’s entire life. Put simply, the goal of attending university should never be so callously discredited or discouraged; it is an ambition that should be celebrated and nurtured. The advisor’s stance on the value (or lack thereof) in studying “creative subjects like animation” left a bitter taste in my mouth and gave me the impression that, as jobseekers, we are expected to limit our goals and lower our expectations.
If I was an 18 year old prospective student I would expect to hear about the maintenance grants, scholarships, bursaries and hardship funds that can be made available to people from low income families. I would want to know that I needn’t “waste my parents’ money” but instead, fund my course in its entirety through applying for a Student Loan, which is only repayable when I earn over £21000 per year. I would expect to hear advice on how to seek work over the summer break, in anticipation of starting my course, and I would like to know more about where my qualifications could lead. Instead, the advice offered by your ill-informed staff member was to seek low-level, low-income employment with very few prospects and very little job satisfaction for an individual clearly qualified enough to attend university.
In addition to the unprofessional and irresponsible advice offered by your staff, I wish to make a complaint about the length of time jobseekers were expected to wait in order to attend the session, and the lack of information provided. I waited with others for over an hour to be seen by a representative from Impact Recruitment, about whom I knew nothing. I waited patiently as my passport and personal identification documents were photocopied and examined, with no explanation as to why this was necessary. Staff made little effort to explain what was expected of us, and made no effort whatsoever to inform us about the purpose of the interview. Upon asking others around me, many of my fellow jobseekers explained that if they did not attend this session – whatever its purpose – they would have their benefits immediately stopped. Whether or not this is the case, staff should have made an effort to ensure that those attending were made fully aware of the importance and value of this meeting.
Moving to a second room where interviews were being held openly in the presence of other jobseekers, I was instructed to fill out an application form, the purpose of which was unknown to us. After detailing my entire work history, qualifications and personal details, I waited for a further 30 minutes to be seen by an interviewer whose abrupt manner and disengaged, patronising tone served only to further irritate those of us who had been waiting so long without any knowledge of the company or its intentions. I will re-state: neither I nor any of my fellow jobseekers had been informed about the purpose of the paperwork we were expected to complete. This paperwork demanded contact details, signatures and some personal information, and I find it abhorrent that so many young people should be expected to unquestioningly give up such information to a private agency whose intentions were not fully explained.
Finally I would like to voice my concern over the inadequacies of the session itself. After waiting for a total of 90 minutes to be seen by a representative from Impact Recruitment, I found that the interviewer – who found herself unable to offer her name or greet me appropriately as a prospective employee – sought not only to belittle me through a rude and patronising attitude, but also offered advice that I found entirely unhelpful. Upon examining my CV I was told that her admin based company “could not help me” based on the fact that I had adapted this particular document to a job in the museum sector. After I had explained that I had no information about her company and was therefore unable to provide a CV tailored to its requirements, I was instructed that in order to find a job I should “under-sell” myself and “dumb down” my applications. Appalled, I left the meeting unsure of its usefulness or value, after witnessing a number of fellow jobseekers being unhelpfully informed that Impact Recruitment simply could not help them find work. All of this, of course, we silently accepted, instead of spending the two hours of wasted time sending out job applications and making useful enquiries.
The morning spent in your office left me with the distinct impression that young jobseekers are being dealt a gross injustice in terms of the quality of support offered when finding employment. Must the most vulnerable, most desperate young people of our region be made to feel as if we are so unworthy, so unskilled, so undeserving, that simple manners are too much to offer when we comply unquestioningly with the unnecessary bureaucracy of an agency about whom we know nothing? It is intensely damaging to be giving young jobseekers the impression from such an early point in their careers that they cannot strive to reach their goals; that they must be quietly herded like cattle in an office lacking any toilet facilities (I imagine the staff themselves are afforded such luxury?) in order to avoid being plunged further into poverty by having their allowances denied.
Overall, I have found my experiences at the Jobcentre today wholly unsatisfactory. After scouring the internet I am unable to find the website provided in your letters (www.gov.uk/jobseekers) so I have no choice but to write to you with my concerns. Furthermore, my inability to find an appropriate address through which I am able to lodge a complaint leads me to contact you directly in the hope that you will seriously consider the issues raised in this letter. (As a side-note, the apparent lack of a complaints department worries me in ways I do not have time to detail in this already lengthy letter). I can only hope these experiences are not indicative of your organisation’s ethos as a whole, and implore you to consider how best to correct these errors in future.
Thank you for taking the time to consider my grievances, I look forward to hearing from you.
Does anyone else have jobseekers stories?
ein-eagle-vanato asked: After you receive this, you must share 5 random facts about yourself then copy and send to your 10 favorite followers.
Weeee, my first ask in months and it’s a boring chain question. Ah well! Though does this mean I’m one of Ein’s favourites? *blush blush etc*
- I have a birthmark next to my belly button
- I enjoy salt and vinegar crisps on peanut butter sandwiches
- I also enjoy pies on sandwiches
- I have a pretty bad coffee addiction
- Much like anything I like, I love to cook but can never be arsed.
Bam, five facts go! I don’t think I’ll send it to 10 followers though, maybe one or two =V
Reblog and write the opposite of your URL
no way dry heave
voldemort safety tent
not very chastity orange
What’s the opposite of Ein Eagle Vanato?
Any ideas? XD
That would be something like: ‘Null Mole Section of the South Atlantic East of Uraguay’
"YOU BELONG IN THE KITCHEN", the man screamed at his slave, his tool. Some people like to give names and genders to those they possessed, but in his eyes, only an object was in front of him.
It didn’t respond.
"BACK TO THE KITCHEN, I FUCKING SAID. THAT’S WHERE YOU SHOULD BE."
It lain prostrated on the floor. Cold. Motionless. Dead. As if there was never any life in it in the first place.
It was a pot.
The man was sent to a mental ward by his loving wife the next day, in care of both his safety and possible insanity for speaking to kitchen utensils.
Don’t you understand?! My pot! It’s getting cold!