Keeping busy helps out-of-work Aussies avoid the dole trap

Young people should do whatever work or training they can to avoid “doing nothing’’ and becoming trapped in chronic unemployment longer term.

A report by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research shows 15 to 24-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training for continuous periods of six months or more are at increased risk of further unemployment and poorer education outcomes once they reach their early 20s.

In other words, for long-term employment success, doing anything is better than doing nothing, says Career Development Association of Australia chair of advocacy Rebecca Fraser.

“Doing nothing is detrimental to your career, absolutely,’’ Fraser says.

“It doesn’t matter that you don’t get your first choice (of post-school studies to enrol in) … there are a diverse range of other options and a diverse range of service (study) providers. “You need to focus on developing some form of skills … and getting yourself into doing something.

“Whether that be picking up more hours – if you’ve been working part time (during study) then perhaps working full time – or getting a 12-month traineeship. “Or, if you want to study but don’t know what, look for (a course) that’s a little less specific.

“Doing something – anything – is better than nothing.

Recruitment expert Rebecca Fraser says it’s important to keep busy if unemployed. Picture: Paul Loughnan

“Doing nothing will put you behind the eight-ball before you’ve even started.’’The term NEET has been coined to describe those not in employment, education or training, with Fraser saying NEET people often develop a lack of motivation, making it difficult to transition back into work and study.

NCVER research operations manager Genevieve Knight says while NEET is normal, and often voluntary in the case of school leavers who take a gap year, it can lead to persistent, involuntary periods of NEET later on.

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