I have a honors degree in Communications in Creative Multimedia and a MA in Digital Media and for the last 12 months have applied for over 200 jobs in these sectors to no avail. I have years of retail managerial experience and through this experience would be a strong candidate for most retail positions and coupled with my qualifications I should walk into most positions.
I have been working in a factory doing “menial” copying and pasting tasks under the banner of a graphic designer, and last week I was offered a job which revolved around website design, graphic design and marketing – my exact foray.
After a one hour phone conversation I was verbally offered the job pending a face to face “chat” and soon finished my “graphic design” job finishing up on my menial job. I went to meet my would-be new boss two days after finishing my old job I was advised the position was no longer available as she had chosen to hire someone on JobBridge. She stated (her words – no proof) that FAS contacted her and offered someone who would work under the JobBridge scheme, which saved her 9 months wages AND offered her a €7,000 grant for taking someone off the dole.
Whilst I do not blame her for taking this offer, I am now without a job, unable to sign on as I have willfully finished my last position and am now totally screwed as all jobs I am qualified are too hiring under the JobBridge scheme…
I understand the basis of this program and see the benefits of it to get long term unemployed people back into the workplace environment – but when I see positions like Stem Cell Researchers, Lecturers, Teachers and 99% of all computing and media jobs being advertised as JobBridge I see a HUGE fault with it!
One very angry unemployed dude.