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Old 20th September 2014, 3:43 AM   #16
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The only thing I wouldn't like about the online college role, is that you are essentially there to get people to do courses even if they have little money and cannot afford it, it is your job to sell courses to people even if the course has literally a 0 chance of gaining them employment, you have to make out like they WILL get a job out of it - you have to say that they have a very fair chance of gaining employment through it.
I honestly wouldn't feel comfortable having that kind of job...it would be like scamming people. It would make me feel like I'm a bad person.
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Old 20th September 2014, 4:22 AM   #17
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I honestly wouldn't feel comfortable having that kind of job...it would be like scamming people. It would make me feel like I'm a bad person.
Well I am going for call centre roles because I would rather handle a l large volume of calls every day and sell people products in order to keep my job, than to work in childcare again, or to go into aged care which would guarantee me a job but I would have had to wipe bums literally several times per day. I also cannot go back into personal training for valid reasons, and I simply don't "have the knack" for hospitality based roles (trust me I have tried for a number of years, and some people are just not out for hospitality).

I would personally never tell someone that a qualification would "likely get them a job". I would rather say that "the qualification or certificate definitely increases the odds" which they do; every thing you put on your resume in the form of certificates or voluntary work, count a little bit.

I would then go on to say that " while NO qualification, even a University degree, makes it easy to gain employment these days, having this course on your resume is a lot better than not having it - the more things you are doing to develop skills the better, for instance, I am doing an online course too, and there are 300 applicants per job vacancy that is advertised... however, I know that the course will make me more employable even though it is hard for everyone right now to get a job"



Look, I really need a job, I know the areas I am not good at or that I hate, so I don't really have much to pick from; call centre roles are basically all I have to apply for, that and retail roles.....
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Old 20th September 2014, 8:10 AM   #18
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I have applied for over 50 jobs this weekend so far! They are all for call centre roles, offering from 23 - 25 dollars per hour. All full time and in the Sydney CBD, a few minutes away from public transport.

So fingers crossed that I get a barrage of calls next week, as I experienced the first time I sent my resume out to call centres - they all contacted me 9 am Monday lol. I turned down to interviews as I wanted to research what it would be like to work in a call centre (I didn't expect to be contacted immediately upon dispensing out my resume!)

I love talking to people but sometimes, due to my mild autism, face to face interactions don't always go to plan. However, I like to talk and I get along easily with people, so perhaps call centre work could be a job I do from not until college, to save some money.....

I never regret the phone interviews I have, they are the only thing interview wise - that I nail every time. I have never not gotten through a phone interview so perhaps talking over the phone is something that suits me better than face to face interactions?





Anyway, this is just a chance for me to work full time before college starts next year in March, as call centres have immediate starts due to high staff turnover.


Please, wish me luck and here's hoping I can make some money leading up to college next year, while also getting experience while I am at it.
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Old 21st September 2014, 12:19 PM   #19
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You say that you wouldn't do aged care again, but if it's a "guaranteed" job and you don't get any of these other ones, isn't that better than not having any job at all? It's only for 6 months.
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Old 21st September 2014, 6:25 PM   #20
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You say that you wouldn't do aged care again, but if it's a "guaranteed" job and you don't get any of these other ones, isn't that better than not having any job at all? It's only for 6 months.
I cannot stomach wiping bums multiple times a day.

I'd rather do anything else.
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Old 21st September 2014, 6:39 PM   #21
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People in aged care deserve workers who genuinly want to help them.

Some people love aged care. They're the kind of workers the elderly deserve.


I enjoy spending time and volunteering with the elderly but I would rather collect welfare while I look very rigorously for retail and call centre jobs than be forced into aged care simply because you're guaranteed a job in it.

If someone off the street or a friend came and asked me to work in an aged care role they had vacant, of course I would take it because people on benefits are obliged to accept whatever they can. I'd accept an aged care job if it were offered to me and if be grateful for the chance at earning some money that I could save towards my future.

However, I don't see why I should actively do a certificate in aged care which is required to get a job on the field simply because it's a guaranteed job.

There are also literally new retail and call centre jobs advertised daily, so I am applying for 40 jobs a day pretty much on the areas of retail and call centres......

I feel that I am trying hard enough to get work in those two areas and that I shouldn't HAVE to apply for roles that involve wiping people's bums all day if I choose not to. There are plenty of other jobs I have been applying for and scoring interviews for.

It's a bit harder to find work in retail than it is aged care, however, call centre work is just as easy to get into as is aged care.

I guess I'd rather call a bunch of people all day and harass them when they are in their own private homes, than to wipe the bums of ten elderly people per day.

I would be happy to wipe my parents bums when the times comes but not that of a strangers.......

If aged care paid 26 per hour I'd do it lol but frankly, poeple who wipe bums all day are grossly underpaid for the unpleasant tasks they have to do daily......

Is yeah.. For 17 an hour I wouldn't wipe a bum. For 26 per hour, I'd grin and bare it, whilst remaining very pleasant of course.






I am on my way to the final interview for the charity fundraiser call centre. If I am successful I'll start work today.

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Old 21st September 2014, 9:18 PM   #22
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Well I am going for call centre roles because I would rather handle a l large volume of calls every day and sell people products in order to keep my job, than to work in childcare again, or to go into aged care which would guarantee me a job but I would have had to wipe bums literally several times per day. I also cannot go back into personal training for valid reasons, and I simply don't "have the knack" for hospitality based roles (trust me I have tried for a number of years, and some people are just not out for hospitality).

I would personally never tell someone that a qualification would "likely get them a job". I would rather say that "the qualification or certificate definitely increases the odds" which they do; every thing you put on your resume in the form of certificates or voluntary work, count a little bit.

I would then go on to say that " while NO qualification, even a University degree, makes it easy to gain employment these days, having this course on your resume is a lot better than not having it - the more things you are doing to develop skills the better, for instance, I am doing an online course too, and there are 300 applicants per job vacancy that is advertised... however, I know that the course will make me more employable even though it is hard for everyone right now to get a job"



Look, I really need a job, I know the areas I am not good at or that I hate, so I don't really have much to pick from; call centre roles are basically all I have to apply for, that and retail roles.....
In the U.S., most elderly care jobs want you to have some type of experience working with elderly. Retail jobs are the easiest to get here, because they require minimal to no skills or experience.
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Old 22nd September 2014, 3:47 AM   #23
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I agree, if you can get a job doing something else, then you shouldn't have to do aged care.

But if you can't get a job elsewhere, then you should. If it's a guaranteed job, it's better than nothing.

Hopefully it will be irrelevant, but I'd say give yourself a time limit - say, a month - and if you haven't got anything by that point start applying for care jobs.
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Old 22nd September 2014, 7:27 AM   #24
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No I wont be applying for any care related roles, I am doing TWO online courses atm in community pharmacy and in business admin/ I DO NOT have time to do AGED CARE on top of my current study load!!!!!!!!!!

I don't need to apply for care jobs I am not going to starve. I use welfare for my food and transport, and my parents help with accommodation so I do not HAVE to take care jobs and have to pay for a certificate for a job I WILL HATE, when I am due to START COLLEGE soon anyways. A waste of money for my to invest in an aged care certificate when I am already doing enough to better myself in between now and college!

I got offered a job in the middle of Australia in a RESORT for 40 hours a week but DECLINED recently because I DO NOT WANT to sell my beautiful kitten and spend 6 months away from my partner!

I would rather take THAT JOB than wipes bums for a living, sorry. I deeply admire and respect those who do enjoy caring for the frail aged, though!

And I DO apply for plenty of jobs I wouldn't enjoy, I apply for call centre roles which I would DESPISE, and I will quit ASAP once I found a better job, which is more honest to the tax payers than NOT applying for said crappy jobs and awaiting a "good" role. I DO apply for crappy roles!






Would you want your mother to be looked after my a woman who RESENTS the job and HATES wiping her bum?

PLENTY of aged care workers DO NOT mind wiping bums, they just "do it" and they are not even phased! I love spending time with elderly and volunteer with them, I am just very averse to dealing with poo. I have never changed a toddler or babies nappy, poo disgusts me although blood and guts doesn't phase me in the slightest!

I have experience in child care and I am good with most kids and child care jobs are easy to get but I DON'T WANT to work with bratty toddlers ever again! SO aged care and childcare would likely land me a job but I would, quiet simply, rather work in a crappy call centre in the Sydney CBD than change crappy pants and nappies.







If it came to me either HAVING to pick aged care or childcare, or getting benefits taken away, I WOULD absolutely do one or both of the certificates!





but I am NOT being forced to do those two things - two jobs that I would need qualifications in order to do, when I am currently doing two certificates as it stands!
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I agree, if you can get a job doing something else, then you shouldn't have to do aged care.

But if you can't get a job elsewhere, then you should. If it's a guaranteed job, it's better than nothing.

Hopefully it will be irrelevant, but I'd say give yourself a time limit - say, a month - and if you haven't got anything by that point start applying for care jobs.


You need a certificate three in aged care....

I have forked out my welfare money towards certificates which are partially funded.

Why should I pay more money towards an aged care certificate when I am currently undergoing two certificates already, in areas I would rather work than in aged care? In addition to looking for crappy jobs to tide me over until I get said jobs that pertain to my certificates?

I start full time college soon enough so I don't believe I should ever be "forced" into wiping peoples bums, it is not right to subject these frail aged people to workers who do not wish to be there.

I honestly do know nurses and aged care workers who LOVE their jobs so there are obviously plenty of people who should be working there, and people like me really shouldn't.
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Old 22nd September 2014, 7:36 AM   #26
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I didn't get the call centre job and I didn't care lol. I wanted the money plain and simple, I would have had to have quit when college started and I was stressing over not having the chance to remain in a long term role, and having to find other work once studying.

Only me and two other women missed out. Out of over 10 people. No experienced was required for the roll lol, and some people turned up sloppily dressed, without washing their hair.

Where as I was dressed in a professional business attire and blazer, with my own style of bag, and in the debate we had to have to demonstrate how we would "think on our feet" my debate points made sense and I had a lot of ideas, where as other people floundered and didn't even make relevant comments?

I am not a hot shot, I don't get jobs easily, however; I really don't think they were looking for high calibre staff! Just.... yeah. I know a person who is sloppily dressed when I see them. What's more, some people arrived late.....

One well spoken Uni grad got the job but most of them had either no experience or they were sloppily dressed and did not come across as very professional or articulate. In real life I do dress flawlessly and take great pride in my business attire and make up included.

No one wanted the job either - us three girls all hated the idea of calling people and trying to sell things to them...

I really wanted an income but I would have definitely quit once a retail based position came up that would be a viable long term job throughout college.
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I had an interview in a show store I really liked with a really nice manager.

When I answered the phone for the phone interview he said " you have an excellent phone manner"

He then went on to say " we need the right people, I think a person like you, for the business"

I came in immediately for a face to face interview... That is where I lose it.

I wasn't BAD, but I find it hard to be totally polished, softly spoken and elegant, and straight to the point in everything I say!!!!!!!!!

I wasn't bad but I am not sure I nailed it or had the it factor he was after

A great shame, it would have fitted around Uni.






He wanted my references, he said he would call them and based on them, I may get a second interview or immediate start or not.






He didn't, however, give me a time frame





I think if I had nailed it, he would have given me the job then and there, so he is either undecided or ..... he felt something was a bit amiss and wants to interview more people and will then likely find someone with the "it factor" he is after






Damn it I am desperate to work, and work a job that I can KEEP during college, why is it so hard to get a basic bloody entry level job so I can work whilst study?






Working has become such a privilege, even crappy call centres want "certain types" of staff, LOL.
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Hey Leigh, calm down ((hugs)).

OK, let's forget about the call centre interview. You didn't want the job anyway.

The show store. What is a show store? Is it like a showroom for electrical appliances or something like that?

You wanted that role, you might still get it, you don't know yet.
You say you had problems at the face to face stage.

Can you describe what actually happened?

What did you talk about?

I'm trying to help by picking this one apart to see how you can move from feeling like you have said all the wrong things when what actually might be happening is that you 'think' you have said all the wrong things while still in the interview room as disappointment might show up in you before the end of the interview. It is possible that this is happening without you being aware and honestly I can understand that as you're having a tough time.

I've waffled many a time in interviews and had a brief thought of 'what on earth did I just say??!!' but actually, I was just being me. If being me isn't OK then I wouldn't want the job there.
A lot of times just confidence in being yourself or laughing off that you have just waffled is actually the way forward - it shows you're human but also that 'this is me' and 'I'm happy with me'.
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What about cleaning jobs? They're available everywhere, and usually the kind of hours that will leave you free to go to interviews elsewhere.
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Old 22nd September 2014, 8:29 AM   #30
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What about cleaning jobs? They're available everywhere, and usually the kind of hours that will leave you free to go to interviews elsewhere.


I have tried everything.

A lady at a party told me she gave everyone a chance based on gut feeling.

She told me I could send her my cover letter and resume.

I never heard back from her. My res/cover letter were professionally crafted.

I have not looked for cleaning jobs for a while and I am looking to be more active.

I also enjoy cleaning lol I have had cleaning roles before.

I will now start looking for cleaning jobs again.

I gave up when I didn't get any call backs.

Many companies want experienced cleaners only.

Most companies require your own transport.

Retail jobs don't require a car. You can just get to work via train.
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