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Join date : 2009-10-23

PostSubject: Employment   Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:07 am

I was on a thread and was typing about volunteering and things like that and it got me thinking. What's everyone job/ area of work?

I know we have one or two members that are young and with the current economic situation not everyone may be working but never the less I'm curious.

I'm currently in full time collage half way through becoming a Teacher (after a few years unemployed and a CE scheme). I cant help but notice that most Travellers end up working in community based stuff. Like Youth workers, CE schemes and Traveller organisations themselves (though to be honest I'm more then a little annoyed that there isn't a very strong Traveller presence on most management).

So what's your job? Do people find its difficult finding a job? (As like myself many people drop out early) or is the addictive social payments enough to get you by without much effort/looking for a job?

(ill complain about lasy people another time lol)

I also have to admit Im more then a little worried that when it comes to work that once any perspective employer might know of my cultural background or sexuality/gender I might get a bit of hassel.

Thats another days thread tho Smile
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Join date : 2009-09-16

PostSubject: Re: Employment   Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:42 pm

I'm employed and I work hard but I worked even harder finding this job in the first place. I have to be honest I don't really think it was the economic down turn or anything like that (which usually I would be the first to blame) but discrimination definitely had a bit to do with it.

One of the interviews I went to even stressed my surname (a popular traveller name in this region) so much so I deliberately avoided anything to do with my background or making reference to some of the traveller organisations I have volunteered with.

Were getting there. If even by chance, as many people still have the idea that Travellers, especially female, have little or no interest in education so aren't even a possibility when it comes to employment. Very frustrating!
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