Belfast Telegraph

Job seeker’s frustration at market

By Margaret Canning

A university-educated jobseeker who can't find work despite a decade of experience has expressed her frustration with Northern Ireland's job market.

Co Antrim design expert Julie Gregg (29) said she had “lost count” of the applications made to recruitment agencies and employers since she returned two months ago from a year out in Australia.

Miss Gregg, who has a first in her design and communications degree from the University of Ulster and a diploma with commendation from Loughry College, said she would take administration work rather than the design work she is qualified for.

She contacted the Belfast Telegraph to say she was interested in speaking to a vexed businessman who could not find a suitable candidate for a receptionist position (see panel).

The Crumlin woman, who is working in the family retail business to keep her going, said she had been applying for jobs consistently since coming home and moving back in with her family.

She said she is aware of being “overqualified” for most positions, but said that among her university-educated friends, “just one or two” are working in the jobs they are qualified for.

Belfast Telegraph