We students aren't work shy, we just can't find work...
Sarah Barker from Dunswell is a student and was recently laid off from her part-time job. Here she explains the problems young people have finding and keeping jobs.
With an ever growing issue of job cuts around the country, it is getting more and more difficult for young people – especially students, to find part time work.
The main problem is because students are at college or university, they are unable to be totally flexible with their hours.
As a student myself, I find it increasingly difficult to find part time work to earn money to help with my studies and transport.
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After recently being made redundant from my previous job, looking for part time jobs again has highlighted how much job requirements have changed in the last three years.
Most employers are concerned that due to a student’s lack of flexibility because of their studies, they will not be able to put 100% effort into their work, which is not always the case.
This is a worry for young people as in this economic climate it is already difficult to afford equipment, transport costs and other essentials within student life.
Not only is flexibility an issue, but also the lack of experience.
Many companies prefer their staff to have experience and be trained before they begin working for them.
This creates a vicious cycle for young people as employers will not give them work in order to give them experience, so the young people never have the vital skills expected of them.
Jessica Walker, a student at Cottingham High School, who has been searching for a part time job for almost one year said: “No matter the amount of qualifications, a lack of hand on experience limits young people’s opportunities in regards to paid work.
“I have been told within interviews that due to my lack of flexibility it would be difficult to employ me.
“The majority of the jobs I have applied for are in the retail industry, however a lack of experience has restricted my suitability for those particular position.
“This is not only frustrating but also knocks my confidence when looking for work.
“At times like this, the disposable income is essential to complete my studies.
“As I live far from my college, I need the money to get transport every day in order to complete my A Levels and get my place at University.”
With an increasing amount of businesses refusing to give young people the opportunity to get part time work, it is hardly surprising that more and more students are struggling with money to help with their studies.