I disagree — internships and apprenticeships absolutely count, at least for me, as long as you can…
Janet Taylor
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I completely understand your perspective, it’s just that it gets a little depressing when you’ve been stuck with “not experienced enough” for years when you would’ve had that experience if someone had just given you a chance…

That’s all anyone asks for in life: to be given a chance. Instead, we’re judged as not good enough because nobody ever gave us that chance.

Because it’s not about a job. It’s not just employment, a salary and food on the table. It’s a chance to actually have a future. To build a life. To get out of your parent’s house (at 25) and actually be your own person with your own life and your own future, with hopes and dreams. To one day start a family of your own.

I’m just trying to provide the perspective of someone on the other side who suffers the consequences of such decisions. If I can make just one manager, wherever in the world, consider giving a junior candidate a chance at a future, I’m happy. I’ve lost all hope for my own future at this point, but if it helps someone else, then it was worth it.

The worst part is that the few entry-level positions available are being filled by desperate people with 5+ years of experience. The after effects of the economic crisis.

I wish more people saw it like you do. Over here every job opening requests “Two years professional desk experience in a company as a full-time employee.” In literally those words, it’s pretty much copy-paste.

How are we supposed to get full time desk experience if nobody is willing to offer us a desk to gain that experience?

I’m sure you know this one: “You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience, for which you need a job, for which you need experience….”

Or this one: “Before 15 you’re too young, before 30 you have too little experience, after 35 you’re too old.”

This is the reality for millions upon millions of uni and college graduates who *don’t* have friends in the right places to get them a job, and have to do it the hard way. And we’re always told it’s our own fault for not trying hard enough, or not just ‘getting a job’.

In this city alone, we have 175.000 inhabitants, 60.000 of those are unemployed college graduates with bachelors degrees, massive debt and no hope of every getting a job. (Even the city council is officially bankrupt from all the unemployed citizens they have to support.) Because nobody is hiring at entry-level, in any field. Why would they, when the economic crisis left over 3 million people *with* experience unemployed and desperate for any kind of job?

(Not complaining, (there’s no point in doing so, and it doesn’t help), I’m just providing a view into what it’s like for the other side of society. :) )

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