Desperate to find a job


May 20, 2017

Dear Pastor,

I am a regular reader of your column and I find your advice inspiring and honest. That is why I decided to write to you to get some advice on my situation.

I am a 23-year-old female and I am having a serious problem finding a job.

I graduated from high school seven years ago. I went to the HEART Training Centre three times and up to now, I am unable to secure a job.

I sent applications to both the private and public sectors and nothing has turned up.

I am from a single-parent household and I am the eldest of four children. My mother works really hard to take care of things but, Pastor, in my heart I feel like I have let her down and failed myself because I don't know what to do.

I have tried everything that I can think of. I tried to reach out to the councillor and member of parliament for my area, and still nothing.

This has led me to think that there is more than what meets the eye, as it relates to my situation.

I am really frustrated. I feel like I am not going to reach anywhere in life and it scares me. Everyone that I knew has now moved ahead in life. Even the ones that are not qualified as I am, but yet I am stuck.

My younger sister was able to get a job and is working for over a year now, and I am still at home. Since recently, my mother started to work on the house and she is having a hard time because she has to be doing it alone as well as send my sisters to school.

This makes me feel even worse because there is nothing I can do to help.

I have cried, prayed, and even went to church, and still nothing is happening for me. I am trying to ride out the storm but it looks like there's no end in sight.

Pastor, what am I doing wrong, or what is it that I am not doing?


Dear S.B.,

The worst thing for you to do now is to give up. What I want to encourage you to do is to accept any job, as long as it is legal, to earn a living.

If you were to tell yourself that you would not do certain jobs it would be difficult for you to earn a living.

I want to also tell you that you should change your attitude. Stop believing that you are entitled to certain jobs. One's attitude goes a far way when one is seeking a job. Continue to knock everywhere for a job.

Keep yourself busy by volunteering your help to organisations. Who knows, these very organisations might offer you a permanent job if they see that you have the right attitude and you are a hard worker.


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