NOT ALONE: 18-year-old Ethan Martin is one on the many local youths finding it difficult to gain employment.
NOT ALONE: 18-year-old Ethan Martin is one on the many local youths finding it difficult to gain employment. Inga Williams

More than 80% of you agree: It's tough for young job seekers

READERS have shared their strong opinions on youth unemployment in Ipswich.

As of yesterday, 84% of people who voted in the QT online poll agreed it was hard for young, local job seekers to be given a go.

"I'm 21 and it took me ages to find work, I've got past experience at McDonalds, and Woolies," Bridget Hayes said.

"It's because I'm not longer cheap. "I've been told I'm over qualified and too experienced for jobs."

Kait Einam said, as a young person, she had trouble finding work locally or further afield.

"I'm sick of hearing 'you have no experience'," she said.

"How do you get experience if no one will take you on? Even unpaid!

"This is not just Ipswich it's Brisbane as well."

Bridie McDermid sympathised with young job seekers and offered her advice.

"All you can do is just keep going, go in on foot, be persistent," she said.

"I have been there - it is hard and frustrating, but you will land something eventually.

"Try outside of Ipswich too."

Many argued it was not just young people who found it hard to get work in Ipswich, but everyone.

'With unemployment figures at a 12 year high - it's hard to find a job anywhere," Gillian Middleton said.

"Unfortunately, it's hard to find a job, irrespective of age in Ipswich," Chenea Luke agreed.

"It's not just youth, it's all ages," Zena Scully said.

"I'm mid 30s and I feel I have no hope. I apply everyday and just get told, '(Apply) online, we don't take resumes'.

"You can't even meet the manager."

Pete Aitchison shared his experience trying to find work.

"You need someone to give you a go," he said.

"A few years ago I applied for literally hundreds of jobs over an eight month period. I didn't hear back from one.

"I really wanted to work, but getting in the door is near impossible."

Others argued finding work anywhere was a matter of will power.

"If you really want to work, you can find a job in any town," Donna Brown said.

"School leavers shouldn't have a problem finding work," Lisa Carlile Parkes agreed.

"Employers love the minimum wage."

Do you think it's hard for young people to find work in Ipswich?

This poll ended on 26 June 2015.

Current Results

Yes

84%

No

15%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

 



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