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    I'm a 17 year old that is depressed because I can't find a job, i've been applying for ages and I think the main problem is because I have no experience. I seriously want to be financially independant and would no longer like to be mummys boy. I was thinking about going to the careers advisor at my college so maybe they can help me find some voluntary work, I haven't done so yet because I thought it would be a waste of time doing work for about 1 week and classing it as 'experience', but now I don't really have an option so I might as well do it. Do you guys think that it would make any difference in my job applications? as in, getting called for an interview.
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    Lol, volunteering isn't that bad! Find something you're interested in, and odds are you'll gain more than just experience Also, you're only 17 so you can add it to your personal statement if you choose to go to uni/ or do an apprenticeship etc.

    I think it depends on the type of jobs you've been applying for as well, some people don't hire under 18's whereas others do because of the cheaper wage.
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    I've been working as a potwash for a year and a half, i started when i was 16 but i'm 17 now, if you're just looking for a little bit of pocket money [15, 30 quid a week] try walking into pubs/restaurants and ask if they have any waiting/kitchen or bar work going, the turnover of staff in these industries is quite high so it's worth a go!
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    You don't have to volunteer for just one week. Make a regular thing of it and you might find something you enjoy! And make a few friends along the way. If you can't get paid work, unpaid will always look better on your cv etc than sitting around doing nothing. You'll probably feel more fulfilled too than if you bummed about.
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    The experience is experience, no matter if it's paid or unpaid. You not only get the experience you need to be successful in getting a job, but you also gain transferable skills that you can apply for different jobs. Also, you meet new people so that means more connections and you get a great reference.

    There's a website www.do-it.org.uk for volunteering, it doesn't state the age necessary for each volunteering opportunity but there are lots of volunteer offers in different fields to suit your taste And lots of them don't require particular experience, only few skills that you've probably already gained at school or college.
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    If you're interested in sport, refereeing is a great money earner. I've been reffing kids football for 3 years now, getting £20-£40 a week, and there's always a shortage, so you'll be taken care of and get plenty of chances.
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    I'm in the same position as you. Everyone wants experience.
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    (Original post by KSVGE)
    I'm a 17 year old that is depressed because I can't find a job, i've been applying for ages and I think the main problem is because I have no experience. I seriously want to be financially independant and would no longer like to be mummys boy. I was thinking about going to the careers advisor at my college so maybe they can help me find some voluntary work, I haven't done so yet because I thought it would be a waste of time doing work for about 1 week and classing it as 'experience', but now I don't really have an option so I might as well do it. Do you guys think that it would make any difference in my job applications? as in, getting called for an interview.
    Volunteering is good. It looks good, employers like it, and it may help you get a job. How about volunteering with scouting- helping out at a local cubs/beavers/scouts group every week. Im a brownie leader and have been going it for 6 years.
    Jobs wise- try fast food places, in particular mcdonalds. I have worked there for ages, and they seem to take on a lot of students.
 
 
 
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