Danielle Newton says she has applied for more than 50 jobs
in her attempts to find work. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
What is life like without a job for six months? It is a
struggle, those at the coalface say.
During the past eight months, Dunedin teenager Danielle
Newton has applied for more than 50 jobs but has not even had
The 17-year-old has lived at home with her mother since
leaving school at 15, but she wants a job and a place to call
''It's really tough,'' she said.
''I go into places asking for jobs and they say, 'Do you have
''But I haven't got my foot in the door to get experience.''
She took part in a training programme with Kokiri Training
Centre, something she felt benefited her more than school.
However, the qualifications had not resulted in any interest
from possible employers. She was not receiving a benefit and
would be happy to take ''any kind of work whatsoever'', but
nothing was available.
The stereotype of unemployed people being lazy and living
comfortable lives at taxpayers' expense was unfair, she said.
''There's no fun whatsoever. I sit at home in bed looking for
''Your life is very limited. I have got no money. It sucks
relying on other people,'' Miss Newton said.
Her struggle is echoed by Campbell Tobin, who has been unable
to get a full-time job for two years.
He conceded he struggled because he had ''no real
qualifications'' and got into some trouble when he was
younger, but ''my life's turned around''.
''The one thing that's not there is a job,'' he said.
The 27-year-old lived with his partner and their three
children and was committed to providing for them.
He, too, was at the point where any job was better than no
''I just want to work for 40 hours a week,'' he said.
Being unemployed for two years was ''very depressing,'' Mr
''When you do get an opportunity, so much rides on it that it
almost becomes too much pressure to cope,'' he said.
Miss Newton and Mr Tobin both said they intended continuing
their search until they found jobs.
''I'm not giving up,'' Miss Newton said.
''I just want to get a job.''