Archive for the ‘unemployment’ Category

Last Thursday I went to the Job Centre for the very last time. I was pleasantly surprised that I can keep claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance right up to the day before my new job starts. For everything I have said about the Job Centre regime, that’s a pretty decent little perk. After all, it is £50 […]


Incredibly and after four months of futile searching, disappointment and destitution I have been offered a real job. Bzzzzzz bzzzzz bzzzzz Fucking handbag, where’s my fucking phone? Hello? Hello, is that Rose? Speaking. Rose it’s **** calling from ****** ****. We met on Monday. Oh hi! Shiiiiit, I’m not emotionally prepared for rejection today. Rose, […]


I am back in my comfort zone. A lovely, white, ovular swivel chair with my lovely, white iBook on the desk in front of me, after a trying day. At least I made some money from it in Government subsidised travel expenses. 0900hrs at Stamford Job Centre for my 13 week review. I hate going […]


Following the popularity of my A-Z of Journalism written earlier this year, I have decided its about time to give it the appropriate sequel of an A-Z of Unemployment. A – Allowance. Or rather Jobseekers Allowance. The miserable fortnightly routine of queuing up to reel off the usual spiel about the futile job searches and […]


A quote from Nick Clegg’s speech at the Liberal Democrat party conference today. “Can you imagine reaching thousands of pounds in debt only to find that there isn’t a job available at the end of university or college? Imagine sitting at home, no money, nothing to do but  wait for your fortnightly appointment at the […]


I am now into Week 11 of being unemployed. Now there’s a depressing thought. I went back up to Salford on Monday to catch up with some classmates (and discuss money-making plans) and to extend my dissertation deadline.The mood is both shared by my peers and reflected onto my tutors. The course, I believe, could […]


Britain’s young workforce has been more or less abandoned by the Government at present. I don’t pretend to be an expert on the ins and outs of the Department of Business and Enterprises however it doesn’t take an expert to realise that the Job Centres are teeming with the bright, young unemployed for a reason. […]