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The Job & the Jobless

Do you know how many times I’ve been reassured with a pat on my back to say “At least you’ve got qualifications. In fact, for this position you’re overqualified!” However, the reality is that all those qualifications on my office wall are usually wiped aside because I’ve served time in prison. And people are reluctant to hire ex-convicts. Even in a State that is tanking with massive literacy and numeracy problems.

One third of jobs in Tasmania are State Government and they don’t employ ex-convicts as per policy. Lip service to equal opportunity employment based on skills is pushed aside by an institutional bigotry – one that becomes very real if you’re contracting for them and the subject is broached in conversation.

Please, don’t get me started on the perpetual social wine about the cost of prisons. They are expensive because we’ve socially geared ourselves to perpetual revolving doors – we don’t want to re-educate offenders, we’re afraid to employ offenders and we preclude offenders from participation in many events. So toughen up on that one, it’s expensive because we choose for that to be so… nothing more and nothing less.

So let’s flip this funnel and ask the opposite question: Who out there is still prepared to hire ex-convicts in their organisation?

I have a small business venture that I’m trying to get off the ground. It would be a lot better off if your business were employing me (part or full time) because the better our cash flow the easier it is to make it fly earlier, faster and higher.

I have a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Computing. I’ve worked on and off for much of the last decade as a web developer in both public and private sector roles. I’ve worked on fishing boats as a deckhand, been a sales assistant, a seaman in the Royal Australian Navy, vegetable processed, irrigated dairy paddocks, I have a certificate in commercial / industrial cleaning; I am a versatile skilled potential employee.

So the question becomes. Are you happy with a rubbish Tasmanian economy? Or are you willing to hire somebody who is hoping in two years time to have his own business creating Tasmanian employment?

If you happen to have a little work to flick my way it would be greatly appreciated. Any cash goes straight into the coffers to bring our product to market.

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My name is Steven Clark and I live in the Derwent Valley in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a mazer & a yeast farmer (making beer, fruit wine and mead as by-products of continuous improvement in my farming practices). I'm a photographer, although my film cameras are currently silent. I do not tolerate idiots. I do not tolerate bigotry. I do not tolerate excuses. Let's be clear, if you sit with my enemies you my are my enemy for life.

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