I experienced the exact same thing when was I completing a course two years ago and it was horrible . I had to find and secure my own practicum and It took me a year to eventually find two places who were willing to take me on to do so. The two places who accepted me were in really dodgy parts of town too :/. I know it might sound far fetched but perhaps if you can suss out any places looking to hire in dodgy locations maybe you might be able to secure something with them? They'd most likely be desperate to take someone on, let alone have someone working temporarily for free . That being said best of luck to you and I hope someone takes you on soon!
That is ridiculous. I would report to the board of education about that. Do you happen to know any past pupils who have taken the course who might be able to give a had? Abuse family contacts, get aunts and cousins and all to all friends or work associates if they know anyone who would be willing to give you a placement. You never know you could end up somewhere you never would have pictured. Hang in there
Limiting the area, except for "special cases". Basically the one guy who moved down here from Sligo just for the course. And because I've lived her independently for over a year, I'm not a special circumstance.
I'm sorry but they are ridiculous. How are they expecting people to get anything at all or is it their plan to weed people off the course? That is actually harder than getting a job, where you have the freedom to go where you want. Would you be able to get experience in Clare? I'd say if someone could offer you a place in Clare, make an argument with your tutors that there's garunteed opportunities there and they should be limiting you.
We asked for it, but they said because we're "not registered with the recruitment company" (even though we've spent the last 5 months working in their building), they won't give us a list of hiring businesses. So instead we have to piss into the wind and hope somewhere haaaaaappens to need the staff.
This might sound like a shot in the dark, but what about places that you might not even think of that aren't solely office based? There'll normally be an admin section in most places, right? Have you tried schools, or small companies, etc?
Ugh, I know how that is. When I was at college I had to do work experience and the first time I had to find my own placement, and it took forever. Second time I ended up just doing it 'in house' as it were, but I was doing animal care so that worked out.
I ended up narrowly avoiding one of those 'workfare' placements. Where it was a case of 'Work in a supermarket for a month, don't get paid, sit on a till all day and do a full working week so we can save money but we're not going to hire you afterwards'.
Yeah that's the crux of it, the fun 'if you don't have experience we won't take you but you need experience to get anywhere' (Like even applying for basic retail work they expect you to have in some cases several years of experience just to do stuff like stack shelves)
Two people have tried getting in contact with the job centre that run the course, and they either won't reply to them, or just tell them that they "should try harder". One girl had contacted 80 businesses at that point.
They expect us to find work but won't ever give us the help to do so. Vicious circle.
That's shit that they won't even offer advice, especially if you've tried so many places and got negative replies or no replies. Like what Janezy said though, apparently a bit of persistence maaaay help -- at least it'll remind them about you, not to mention it'll look good that you're so dedicated to working for them.
Since your course is counting on this, is there ANYone in there that you can talk to? Surely they won't just throw you out into the cold after having tried so hard to get shit done.
I've tried talking to our tutor, who just kind of blankly stares back and says "oh... um... have you tried emailing the hospital? they have offices, right?", and the prick who works for the company's roof that we're doing the course under, and his advice was "TRY HARDURRRR".
I'm definitely going to annoy the shit out of the businesses I've already tried even more that I have already.
Janezy-and-her-TeaFeatured By OwnerJan 17, 2013Hobbyist General Artist
Well for the ones that haven't replied yet try contacting again and ask how your application's going. I was given the tip that a small amount of persistence can help with job applications by making it seem like you're committed or something.
Unemployment is a bitch. An utter bitch. The kind that will break into your house and crap in your cereals when you aren't looking.
All right, the last part might have been an overstatement, but it still sucks more than I've had the opportunity to. Finding work in that field can be a particular nuisance depending on your location. I wish you luck, hopefully you'll have more than I've had. :/
It's just really difficult. And it's not just me. Only 6 people out of the 17 of us have actually gotten a place so far. And they're all over 35.
The rest of the class are under 25, and it really seems to be an age issue. Nowhere will take us on because we're not old enough to have the 4 years experience most places looking for office workers expect. I mean, I was still in school 4 years ago.