Today I was hunting for a job on the internet - like most days and a lot of people, and like a lot of people without any success.
Out of simple curiosity I clicked onto the equal opportunities section to see what it actually was. As expected, I was given a list of things which I, the applicant would not be judged upon in my application, such as gender, marital or family status, religious belief or political opinion, disability, age, nationality, race or ethnic origin and sexual orientation.
I found all this to my liking at first but then I thought to myself ‘What’s the one thing that’s keeping me out of work? My age.
I’m 18 and so considered irresponsible and too young so not eligible for employment.
At least that was the opinion I have come to after seeking employment for almost two years without any success - just one interview.
After coming to that conclusion about age I looked up disability on http://dictionary.reference.com/ and found several meanings for it
1. Lack of adequate power, strength, or physical or mental ability; incapacity.
Aren’t we considered on our mental ability for jobs - that is, what tests and qualifications are needed?
2. A physical or mental handicap, especially one that prevents a person from living a full, normal life or from holding a gainful job.
Hang on a minute - disabilities shouldn’t matter in gaining a job, according to equal opportunities
3. Anything that disables or puts one at a disadvantage e.g. his mere six-foot height will be a disability in professional basketball.
Well my age is a disability then, according to that statement, and I’m certain there are people who would read this and come to the same conclusion themselves
4. The state or condition of being disabled.
What exactly does this mean though? When people think disabled they think wheelchair but do disfigurements count too? Are we judged on our physical appearance? This is no longer the 14th century - physical appearance doesn’t reflect the person inside.
I’ve come to the conclusion that prejudice is the reason my job hunt has had no success.
Prejudice and the failure of equal opportunities - there is no such thing.
There is always somebody smarter, stronger, more charming, better looking, better qualified and so on.
What’s the point? Students like me have no chance in the world of work unless family get involved.
The government thinks there are lots of people too lazy to get jobs and so they go on benefits.
I don’t accept that. I believe they are just tired of the pointless effort. It’s simple - there are too many people and not enough jobs.
Doomed to Poverty teen.