Young Labor activist, 19, is nagging about applying for retail jobs when she was 17 because she wanted to be a musician
Generation ME: teenage activist with ’12 years of classical music education ‘moans about applying for retail jobs when she is 17
- NSW Young Labor has released a video about Australian youth struggling to find work
- Activist Belinda Thomas, 19, regretted how she applied for 10 retail jobs at age 17
- She couldn’t use her ’12 years of training as a classical musician ‘to get started
A youth activist who wanted to become a classical musician has nagged to apply for retail jobs at age 17.
New South Wales Young Labor released a three-minute video of members under 26 complaining about the job market.
19-year-old Belinda Thomas appeared in the Facebook video, complaining that she had to apply for less glamorous retail jobs before growing up.
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A youth activist who wanted to become a classical musician nagged to apply for retail jobs at age 17
“When I was 17, I needed income to support myself to be independent of my family situation,” she said in a video filmed in trendy Chippendale on the edge of Sydney’s CBD.
“Since I couldn’t use my 12 years of training as a classical musician to find a job, I ended up sending about 10 applications for retail jobs and just happened to get one.”
Ms. Thomas said she could only score this job because she “had the exact same name as the interviewer’s best friend.”
Youth unemployment rose to 16.1 percent in May. The recession in the coronavirus made life on the labor market particularly difficult for people aged 15 to 24.
The youth unemployment rate is more than double the national average of 7.1 percent, the highest level since November 1998.
A generation ago, Young Labor was proud to stand up for people with less glamorous hospitality and retail jobs.
Former Young Labor President Mark Arbib, who later became a federal minister, became involved in politics during the recession in the early 1990s after having a dispute with his managers while working as a college student in a Sizzler restaurant.
In the case of Mrs Thomas, the labor market had apparently conspired against her.
Belinda Thomas, 19, appeared in the Facebook video that squirmed about applying for less glamorous retail jobs before growing up
“Entering adulthood is not easy, but entering adulthood as a young woman when the whole system is up against you is terrifying,” she said.
Unemployment in June amid COVID-19
The unemployment rate in Australia rose from a 19-year high from 7.1 percent in May to 7.4 percent in June – the highest since November 1998
The unemployment rate rose from 923,000 to a record high of 992,300
Nearly a million people were unemployed for the first time – more than 960,200 records in December 1992
Unemployment increased, although 210,800 more people worked as COVID-19 closures declined
This was because the participation rate rose from 62.7 percent to 64 percent as more people looked for work
Source: Australian labor force data for June
“The burning desire you’ve had all your life to succeed is suddenly faced with a crushing roadblock, just when you think you have a new chance.”
Then she sarcastically discusses stereotypes about lazy youth, with one in five young women out of work.
“Trust me, these metrics don’t exist because we’re a lazy generation with our eyes and hands glued to our screens,” she said.
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating, former NSW Prime Minister Bob Carr and Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese are all former NSW Young Labor presidents.
Young Labor’s video criticized Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government for imposing fees for artificial grades, but did not mention how they are lowered for high-demand professions such as nursing, education and science.
NSW Young Labor President Paul Mills said in the video, “Scomo and the Libs have sent a message to youth saying their lives are going to be a lot harder.”
The federal government has already spent $ 70 billion on the JobKeeper program, which provides $ 1,500 biweekly wage subsidies to 3.3 million workers.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is expected to announce an extension to this package on Thursday, allowing struggling workers to get help from taxpayers until June next year.
The three coalition government’s prosperity programs, totaling nearly $ 154 billion, are three times what the government of Kevin Rudd spent in 2008 and 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted NSW Young Labor for comment.