If Esther McVey Wants All Teenagers To Have Summer Jobs, Then How About She Tries Looking For One

Esther McVey, The Work and Pensions Secretary has Boldly come out and said that teenagers need to get a summer job and focus less on education. Claiming that A summer job will help make young people more employable and ready for adulthood.

Yet, how can Esther McVey come out with that and not see the issue? The biggest issue with that is getting any form of a job, be that a part-time summer nor or even a full-time job is near impossible for those without any form of experience.

typically at the age of sixteen, you don’t have the most work experience possible. Not unless your school was able to run a work experience program or even a mentorship. even so with just a week of experience is not enough for some employers.

I didn’t do any work experience in secondary school, My school didn’t run any programs like that and even when in Further Education the opportunities to do work experience were incredibly slim. Not many companies would allow an under eighteen even shadow someone.

In the four years, I did in further education, only two years I was able to obtain a placement. With one not even being in my subject field. How Helpful was that placement then? Giving me hard skills that cannot cross over like the typical soft skills.

Then even if you weren’t able to get work experience, Getting any form of a job is impossible, going back to my first argument, in some sectors you cannot work until eighteen. Retail, Bar work and even labouring you cant work in until eighteen.

There’s a bigger risk to employers to hire sixteen-year-olds, More health and safety rules have to be applied for under sixteens, companies won’t risk damages to an under the legal age person.

I Spent this past year unemployed and looking for a job. How Successful was it? Applying for hundreds of jobs and only getting 5 interviews. I ended off taking a job as a packer through my Fathers workplace for three months.

So Esther McVey, If you want all teenagers to have a summer job then Why not you have a go at finding one, With zero help from your aids and assistants, Try actually going through the process before spouting stupid statements out of thin air.

Written By Jordan Dodds for Journaling Thoughts.


What’s the biggest waste of time when applying for jobs? is it experience?

Job hunting is absolutely stupid, it’s a complete farce, a bigger waste of time then reading the daily mail. You spend ages filling out application forms, wasting time entering your school life like its an autobiography.

Forever adding password you’ll never remember and setting stupid security questions, all for an account you’ll only touch once and dispose of the next day. Who gives two monkeys what my first dog’s name was or the car I pretended to own when I was 19?

after wasting an hour setting up a CV through there specification, I then waste another hour going through a CIA style interrogation asking questions totally unrelated to the job, wanting to guess my personality on the answers I give. how can you see someone’s personality through asking them “what would you do if something broke? or “a dog approached you in the park, what would you do?”

How is this relatable to a working environment? am I ever going to be replacing a till system or tracking a dog owner down, when I am applying to fry chicken and pretend to give a rats backside about the horrible fat filled product, or shoving a pizza in someones face at a shopping centre outlet.

then they turn around and say “you’re not the right candidate, please apply again in 12 months time” 12 month time? why will I wait 12 months, I’m looking for a part-time job not applying for RuPaul’s Drag Race!

I Hate applying for jobs online, why can’t we go back in time and be old-fashioned, going door to door with CVs and hoping for the best. Showing the employer the kind of person we are in the flesh and not some automatically produced facade based on some useless questions?


That is Jordan’s Thoughts on the 11th of March 2018