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    I am 19 in 2 weeks and just finished my national diploma. i am hoping to apply to universities towards the end of this year for placements in September 2013. I never had a job so if i claim jobseekers and look for work, will that effect my chances of entering a uni?
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    No, why would it?
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    nope, my brother did job seekers for 1 year and applied for uni at the same time too and now goes uni.
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    i just thought that they may think i was being lazy and choose other applicants over myself for that reason but i am probably just fretting about nothing.
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    You won't have to mention you are on it in your application.
    Why not try and do some voluntary work relevant to your chosen course or try and get a job that is relevant and this would strengthen your application a lot and give you something to talk about in your personal statement. You can just say you took a gap year if you want to say what you were doing
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    Being on JSA doesn't mean you're lazy. The job market at the moment is a nightmare and it's not your fault that you cant find employment if you're genuinely looking


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    They wont even know you were on it unless you put it in your application, however they might question what you've done with the year as obviously it's a lot of time that you should be making the most of.
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    4 million unemployed, has to be done for some people. I've struggled with my non existant uni funding, and I've looked everywhere for a job since October found nothing; it's pretty embarrassing that I can't even get JSA x
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    Your uni won't know that you have been claiming JSA. However, they will want to know that you have been doing something productive with your time - sitting on your backside for a year won't be viewed positively. If you're struggling to find paid work, then volunteering (relevant to your course, ideally) would be the next best thing.
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    (Original post by coolWhip123)
    I am 19 in 2 weeks and just finished my national diploma. i am hoping to apply to universities towards the end of this year for placements in September 2013. I never had a job so if i claim jobseekers and look for work, will that effect my chances of entering a uni?
    It won't make any difference. I was signing on for a year and a half whilst I was studying Access at college so I could go to uni.

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