Mature aged job seekers' experiences of Centrelink and Job Network Services in an Australian regional centre

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Kossen, Chris and Hammer, Sara. 2010. "Mature aged job seekers' experiences of Centrelink and Job Network Services in an Australian regional centre." Australian Journal of Career Development. 19 (1), pp. 45-53.
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Mature aged job seekers' experiences of Centrelink and Job Network Services in an Australian regional centre

ERA Journal ID20813
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsKossen, Chris (Author) and Hammer, Sara (Author)
Journal TitleAustralian Journal of Career Development
Journal Citation19 (1), pp. 45-53
Number of Pages9
Year2010
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISSN1038-4162
2200-6974
Web Address (URL)http://www.acer.edu.au/ajcd/
Abstract

Unemployment may be considered a normal, if not likely, experience of a person's lifelong career. This paper is based on a primary, qualitative study that focused on the way mature aged unemployed citizens experience government unemployment and employment agencies: Centrelink and the Job Network in a large regional city. It contributes to existing research that examines the experiences of particular unemployed groups as they negotiate their journey through these systems. Three themes emerged from the research, which was based on multiple in-depth interviews of 21 participants: the first focused on participants' experiences of disregard, disrespect and discrimination; the second related to the restrictiveness of job information, and; the third to inappropriate job matching and inadequate employability training. We conclude that the experience of our participants supports criticisms made in other research about the restrictiveness and inadequacy of Job Network services, particularly for disadvantaged jobseekers.

Keywordsunemployment; mature-aged; jobseekers; Centrelink; job network; age discrimination
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440712. Social policy
500104. Human rights and justice issues (excl. law)
441001. Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
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