Work experience Catch 22.

The Government is encouraging graduates to undertake work experience during this recession, to greatly improve our chances of securing a job. With the competition for jobs higher than it’s been in years, to stand out from the crowd you need to be able to take the initiative and demonstrate key employability skills. Ok, great idea. Except for one thing – how are you supposed to be able to afford to live?

Graduates doing UNPAID work experience are not entitled to claim any Jobseekers Allowance, on the grounds that it still counts as ‘employment’. Never mind the fact that we are acting on the Governments’ own advice, thus increasing our prospects of employment, and enabling us to give back to society. This creates a catch 22 situation, whereby many have to sacrifice the opportunity of work experience as they are unable to afford to live.

It’s a ridiculous situation – No Jobseekers Allowance for those who are actively seeking a job.

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