Ava Patel
Ava, 23, left university two years ago with a degree in journalism. She had to move back home with her mum and dad in Blackburn and has worked part-time in a 999 call centre so that she can spend the rest of her time applying for jobs that she really wants – so far she's had no luck.

She is taking part in Channel 4’s Battlefront: Campaign To Tackle Youth Unemployment.

Blog Entries by Ava Patel

Front Row at Channel 4's Class of 2012 Event: "Is This the Worst Year to Leave Education and Look for Employment?"

(0) Comments | Posted 20 September 2012 | (15:43)

On Wednesday, politicians, journalists, youth workers and young people exchanged views at the Class of 2012 debate hosted by Channel 4 News and Channel 4's Battlefront on the subject of youth unemployment. Appropriately enough, the tag line for the first session was "The Lost Generation." On the panel sat Liam...

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Why Working for Your Benefits Isn't Beneficial

(2) Comments | Posted 31 August 2012 | (16:48)

I recently read an article in the Evening Standard on working for your benefits - a new initiative by Chris Grayling - and the first thing I thought was, "but...they're benefits?"

As I read on I couldn't help but think how I would have felt if I...

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Battlefront: The Fight Against Youth Unemployment

(10) Comments | Posted 23 August 2012 | (01:00)

My name is Ava Patel, I'm 23 and I'm a campaigner for Channel 4's Battlefront.

I studied Journalism at university thinking it would be easy to walk into a job after my degree. Not that I was anything special but I thought there would be ample opportunity. No-one really told...

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