job seekers

Here are my suggestions on what to do with the next year. Take a step back and really think about what you want from the next 40 years of work. It's a long time to be doing anything, so don't rush it. Surround yourself with people and things that inspire you. Learn everything you can.
In the last month we have heard the news that youth unemployment fell by around 20,000 in the three months up to May. There is clearly a long way to go but people seem to be feeling a bit more optimistic about the job market for the first time in years. It feels great to know that more people are finding work and gaining the experience, not to mention self-confidence, that they need. However, while finding a job can be a great boost, especially if someone has been struggling to gain employment, it doesn't mean that happiness automatically follows.
So the government's Spending Review for 2015-2016 has been delivered. To the usual fanfare of cheering and jeering in the House of Commons, Chancellor George Osborne kicked off with the assertion that we're "all in this together" - is that still going? - but then comprehensively managed to prove quite the opposite.
Better news from the job market might mean that you can start thinking about a change, and at very least begin to gather the information you need to make a successful transition.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, James Caan, the Government's new Social Mobility Tsar says that parents should not help their children to get a job. Instead they should encourage kids to make their own way. The reason he gives is that when parents hold back they help their children to develop. I agree, but for a different reason.
The government's work programme, intended to help jobseekers back to work, is failing people with disabilities as well as
Official unemployment figures are disguising the fact that a significant number of people who are in both full time and part
The government's controversial "nudge unit", which encourages people to make better lifestyle choices, is to be part-privatised
A psychometric test given to jobseekers in parts of England, seemingly to help them find their "signature strengths", has
The controversial benefit reform, Universal Credit, which replaces other benefits such as jobseeker's allowance, income support