As of may, the only person/organisation financially supporting me will be myself. No more student loan and no more tax free wages. The perks of being a student will actually be gone.  This means it’s time to start applying for a new job, one that is going to kick start my career, or at least provide me with financial stability in the meantime.

I quite enjoy job searchng, I love coming across the unusual jobs. What I don’t enjoy however, and when I say don’t enjoy, I mean hate, is the amount of jobs that “require experience”. This is one of the things that really annoys me, probably more than it should and I’m going to explain why.

First of all, I understand there are a lot of jobs that involve tasks which a company can’t risk getting wrong and roles that requires particular knowledge and qualifications. I’m specifically talking about the experience of doing that particular job role.

I feel as though too many companies now are, either too greedy to provide training to somebody without experience or, simply don’t realise the possible long term benefits. Personally I find it extremely frustrating that a huge amount of these companies that aren’t willing to take risks with inexperienced people, are companies that are more than likely in a position where taking the risk wouldn’t affect them.

Throughout college and university you are told to gain as much as experience in whatever industry you want to go into. It’s good advice if you can find companies willing to allow you to do a placement with them. Again though, there are way too many companies refusing to give people opportunities due to having to pay for insurance or something.

I understand that there are other factors that limit companies but I can’t help believing that, more and more often now, we are expected to take the routes with continuous obstacles. There are hundreds of people who are hard working and loyal individuals who are missing out because of one of few things:

  • Companies aren’t willing to take risks
  • The opportunities aren’t available where they live (& it’s not easy to just up and move with no financial stability)
  • Attitudes towards inexperienced people wear people down and eventually they give up.

Has anyone found this a problem? If so, how did you get past it?

Chris 🙂 

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  1. So I studied graphic design at uni and this is also a job which can require experience and by this you can ask for work experience if people offer it as that’s another hard thing to find but I gained some experience by doing some freelance work which I found on a website, so this helped build up my portfolio. The way I got my job was really lucky as I was asking around for work ex but turned out they actually had a job offer

    Leanne | http://www.oohsimplething.blogspot.co.uk


    1. Yeah it definitely is difficult to find work experience a lot of the time. Particularly in creative industries. You were definitely lucky that you found a job that way. A lot of the time it’s not like that.


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