Desperate Times

Yesterday, my news director approached me with a story:

“There are two boys standing at the front of Commonwealth Bank with a large sign that says ‘we want a job’. Can you go and see what their story is?”

David Dixon and Callagun Mann in a desperate bid to find work. Photo by Adam Trafford.

To be honest, I didn’t think there would be much to it. Two boys looking for work…how interesting could it be? How wrong I was.

The story went gangbusters on Facebook. More than 300 likes, more than 100 comments and dozens of shares. Turns out, youth unemployment is a pretty big problem in Ballarat and everybody acknowledges it. These boys were just two of hundreds maybe thousands of young people looking for work to no avail. They were just brave enough to put themselves out there.

To make things even more interesting, one of the guys was offered a job at a hairdressing salon the next day. I guess sometimes desperate measures are the way to go.

Read my story here.

Read the follow-up story here.

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