Some advice for a school leaver looking for work

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  1. Lizzie

    Lizzie Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like Datto is speaking from experience ... ;)
     
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    Many of us have experience - of people without a work ethic.

    My daughters see so many of their peers with very little work ethic. They were brought up working in a fast food shop, and have an excellent attitude towards work.
     
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    And the phone thing that someone else mentioned ... recent builder had a new apprentice on site that lasted only 2 days because he was checking his phone every two minutes.

    He lasted longer than the other apprentice that spent all day walking around with heavy metal blaring from a speaker strapped to his belt
     
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    Somebody else? That was me, in another post hehe
     
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    Hang on, I was distracted by my phone. :confused:
     
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    Hang up, don't hang on.
     
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    That's great! My now 18 y/o started working in a bike shop @15 (she's a competitive cyclist) and has now been there longer than anyone except the owner. She's a much more confident and responsible person than most of her peers from dealing with customers and co-workers.
     
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    Those measures may have backfired in places..
     
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    I remember the recession in 1991. Was at uni at the time but needed a part time job to keep the wolves from the door. Forget about sending CVs and applying for jobs in the paper. I just went door to door. Service stations, shops, any business. Look neat, tidy and friendly. Smile. Introduce yourself, speak well. You may be young and inexperienced, but look like the sort of person who will just ‘hit it out of the ball park’ in life. Practice your introduction in front of a mirror. Make sure you speak to the owner of the business. The recession in ‘91 was the pits, but I got offered a job on the third introduction. Life is what you make it.
     
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    I'd say very rarely.

    The majority of employers want reliable hard working employees, especially in the private sector.
     
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    Which employers don't have these high standards? Can you PM me the list so I can apply?
     
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    Hmm...well eh...umm. Well, the public sector.
     
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    I wasn't going to name and shame the PS or Councils ;)
     
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    Never read that part ,but i do understand where your coming from apart from most would have to pass some sort of background test and passed the security decree..Plus it would make doing therapy once it all becomes too much in the first week on the gov payroll easier for the gov employed therapist ..
     
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    Sorry, but that sounds like a pretty bleak future! Does he not have any hopes or dreams of what he wants to do?
    Also, didn't he finish school in November, so close to a year ago?

    I think he needs to do some serious soul searching.

    Edit: Are you sure he's not depressed?
     
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    Perhaps look for volunteering opportunities that will help flesh out a bare CV. Even working in an op shop for a while means you can turn up at an interview and talk about timekeeping, taking responsibility, dealing with customers etc etc.
     
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    He did his education through Cambridge International, wrote his last exam in June. NFO :)
     
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    Thank you all very very much for all the sound advice, much appreciated :)
     
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    Only get a job to gain experience to start your career

    I am a big Mike Rowe fan
    and this it the truth ↓↓ do what others aren't doing and get good at it

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    @CowPat
    I'm also a fan of his "dirty job" shows

    "-thinks people who don't go to university are stupid."

    ha, I've met plenty of Jim's
    but, unfortunately in some industries Jim will be given the management job while Bob teaches him how to be his boss.
     
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