Tell us about your personal background. Why are you passionate about this issue? Making an idea a reality takes innovation, dedication and strong leadership. Do you have the necessary entrepreneurial skills to realize your vision?
Jane Addams once said that, "of all the aspects of social misery, nothing is so heartbreaking as unemployment", whilst Whitney Young Jr. said "The hardest work in the world is being out of work. " I don't know who any of these people are, but I fully agree with these statements.
I started out in life as a shy, insecure girl who lacked the confidence to make it through interviews. As I was financially dependant on myself, this became a barrier in finding work and living above the poverty line. Luckily, when I was 16, there was support available to help me to overcome my barriers, and I even learned how to help others to overcome theirs. I attended workshops on CV writing/interview techniques and eventually mentored individuals on the same thing.
When I graduated from University, again I was faced with barriers such as a lack of experience which meant that I, like thousands of graduates across the country, was denied access into an entry level job, and was instead forced into a spell of unemployment that threatened to damage my self-confidence forever. The recession had hit, and with it came unemployment for me, and for millions of others. This is when I noticed a lack of support available.
And this is what has driven me, and made me extremely passionate about this issue. If 2.7 million people are unemployed, it can't just be that people aren't doing enough. CV help won't help every single one of these people into work! And if this many people are unemployed, why is there still an attitude that unemployment is embarassing, shameful or even detrimental to someone's success. "Having unexplained gaps in your employment history is a big 'no no'" (-CV advice website) I say, "Placing unrealistic pressure on individuals to constantly be in work during a recession, is a big 'no no'."
The skills that I have which contribute to my entrepreneurial ability include:
> Marketing Skills and knowledge of current, modern marketing techniques e.g. social networking.
> Design skills and an ability to reach my target audience
> Problem Solving skills and high levels of creativity, innovation and resourcefulness
> Budgeting ability, and financial management
> The passion and drive to make my dreams reality
It's time to help people to deal with the problem of unemployment. And I truly believe that I can!