'While you're waiting, do something' - advice for unemployed graduates

As the economy bites, many graduates are faced with the choice of waiting for a job utilising their specific skills or taking whatever employment they can find to pay the bills.

Jake Willis, CEO of youth employment agency Lulaway, says working in the interim - for instance as a waiter - will not count against graduates in any future job interview.

When you're starting out working for even a year or two at jobs that are sort of entry level .... certainly most employers, in fact every employer will look at it as a positive not a negative.

Jake Willis, Lulaway CEO

That means that (the applicant) is serious, that they're actually doing something with their lives, that they're committed.

Jake Lewis, Lulaway CEO

Lewis says simply sitting at home waiting for the perfect job means the person is missing out on valuable experience and also on building contacts.

He used his own sister, who aspired to a computer programming job, as an example.

She went out, got a job as a waitress and I think literally within three or four weeks a customer walked into the restaurant and he had a programming company and she got a job with him.

Jake Lewis, Lulaway CEO

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