Life as an unemployed graduate

April 13, 2012 4:45 pm Published by

For the university graduate, the light at the end of the tunnel is dim. Stepping into a career straight after graduation seems like a modern day fairytale. As a postgraduate with an impressive academic career, I am mentally exhausted from a fruitless eight month long job search. Like many other young people, I am caught in a paradox: too many qualifications and not enough experience. Politicians tell us that there are jobs out there. They suggest that graduates aren’t trying hard enough to secure work. However, there are now 1.2 million unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK, according to the Office of National Statistics. Surely the massive rise in youth unemployment can be attributed to the fact there are... View Article

News Just In

April 5, 2012 12:53 pm Published by

Lone parents on Income Support whose child is aged five or over are being informed by letter from 23 March that, starting from May 2012; if they are able to work they will need to move from Income Support to Jobseeker’s Allowance, where they will receive extra help to return to the workplace. Currently this change takes place when a lone parent’s child is aged seven. There are 1.8m children living in households where no one works and around 600,000 lone parents relying on Income Support. A child of an out-of-work lone parent is almost three times more likely to be in poverty than those where the lone parent works part-time. Steve Webb, Minister for Pensions, announced details of two changes that... View Article