I immigrated to New Zealand under the skills category, having had a high profile career in Namibia, more than 16 years ago. Ten years later, when I suddenly needed a job, at the age of 48, there were none, even though I invested many hours per week as a volunteer. I now use the student job search platform to appoint labour-only contractors as staff and cap the number of applications at nine feeling awful having to decline eight highly qualified and well skilled applicants each time. I understand that in certain fields such as hospitality there appears to be a shortage of applicants. However, when I decided, then at the age of 53 - as a 'retired' mother - to put on my best look, willing to work full-time around midnight hours, and personally handed 20 copies of my kitchen skills resume to restaurant managers, I did not receive a single call back. I have experienced young people from other countries come here on holiday work visas scooping up these jobs - well done for them. These full-time holiday workers, however, are taking jobs away from us, including our youth, while the dollar they spend in our country is minimal: as visitors they get away with using accent as an excuse to arrange their lives around free food from the restaurant and free transport from the landlord. This contributes to more and more people becoming dependent on social welfare having given up trying to find a job and are therefore left out of the statistics reflecting the unemployment rate. It has become a lifestyle for me, who has fallen through every crack in the Crown's banking-government-legal system, to roll out GOLORE as an educational J.O.B. creator.
|Susanna Susara Kruger||
Author, Speaker, Educator & Entrepreneur