He is the last person on earth I would have thought would end up unemployed at this point in his life but it happened, right after the Brisbane floods where he lost his car and had extensive damage to his house.
He went in to a kind of depression and had to relocate back to NSW for a while while he got back on his feet. He went in to a partnership with another guy and spent the next year setting up a business, only for the other guy to run the finances of the business into the ground.
My brother walked away from this and had to end up coming to live with me, a single Mum who's now been supporting my brother as he's been out of work for a year and a half and has no money left.
Going into Centrelink recently was probably the hardest thing he's ever had to do as he is such a proud person, but he has been struggling to find another job! He is 'overqualified' or 'under-referenced' at this point for every position and it's very frustrating for him, not to mention hard on me as well.
Now he should have a good job hopefully by the end of next week, BUT it's very clear to me how easily people can fall on hard times and how easy it is to get into a rutt. T
he longer you're out of work the harder it can be to get out there and have the confidence in interviews that usef to come so naturally. Having children on top of that can be almost crippling for many people.
It's just such a complex issue - unemployment, and there's no easy fix. AND it's not just the individula who is affected by it, what about the families who have to support them during hard times? It's so stresful for everyone involved. I truly believe my brother would have struggled to even get out the door and go to interviews if it weren't for his family providing support, accommodation, food, and constant encouragement and validation of his skills. As it is, he will have to travel to Sydney (1.5 hours each way) once he starts work again but he is more than willing.