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The vicious cycle of unemployment


Reported by Thomas Marston

Published on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

Employment Leadership
Reports

The vicious cycle of unemployment


Written by Thomas Marston

Published on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

Employment

Leadership

By Thomas Marsden

My name is Thomas Marsden and I have designed this infographic to show the difficulties I have faced in finding employment in the past. The only place that has ever offered me regular employment was the cosmetics company Clarity, which was set up in 1854 by wealthy blind woman Elizabeth Gilbert to offer Disabled people work. I lost that job when staff were made redundant during the pandemic.

Each part of the infographic represents one of the stages I have to go through to try to find work. It starts with me writing my CV, then I attend job fairs and go for job interviews and then I get turned down.

I chose black and white photographs to represent each of these stages and then coloured them and added arrows around the page. 

I hope the infographic will help employers understand how difficult it is for Disabled people to find work. It will show the obstacles that Disabled people face compared to non-Disabled people. 

 

Written by Thomas Marston


My name is Thomas and I have had speech and language difficulties since birth. I am involved with both the CDA leadership course and the Community Journalism project as I am passionate about helping Disabled people find work and explaining to employers the benefits of employing people with autism. I produced a cartoon showing the difficulties I have had finding employment and showed it during various online meetings. I worked for Clarity for 6 years – on the production line doing various jobs including moving boxes around the factory, labelling products and screwing caps onto bottles but was made redundant. (This was the only job which gave me regular employment). My hobbies include dancing and exploring London which help me relax.

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