Unemployment is word of the week at the beeb.

The BBC are focusing heavily on the subject of unemployment  at the moment, and there have been a few interesting programmes recently to come of it.

The sensitive documentary Jobless highlights the plight of thousands of professionals that have been made redundant during the recession through no fault of their own, and had their whole life turned upside down overnight. The documentary follows them and their families, and manages to convey the feeling of loss of  identity and decreasing self worth that accompany unemployment.

Famous, Rich and Jobless (Episode 1) is more a type of ‘tabloid tv’.It’s a shame the Beeb have turned to the format of ‘rich ‘celebrity’ out of comfort zone’ for such a serious subject, but if it gets people watching then that’s no bad thing. And it certainly is an eye opener; particularly interesting towards the end of episode one where the programme addresses what constitues benefit fraud from a suprisingly empathetic and anti-legislation stance.

Famous, Rich and Jobless (Episode 2)

Although not specifically about graduates, these programmes are effective in highlighting the plight of the long-term unemployed, and importantly in tackling stereotypes that exist about people claiming benefits, and actually beginning to offer reasons for and understanding the behaviour of the minority who are resigned to a life living off benefits.

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