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The vicious cycle of unemployment


Reported by Thomas Marston

Published on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

Employment Leadership Transition
Reports

The vicious cycle of unemployment


Written by Thomas Marston

Published on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

Employment

Leadership

Transition

By Thomas Marston

My name is Thomas Marston 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 autism and speech and language difficulties since birth. I am involved with both the CDA leadership course and the Community Journalism project. I am passionate about campaigning for Disabled people to be in work, which includes supporting employers to understand the value of employing people with autism like me. I have produced a cartoon that shows the difficulties I have had finding employment and have shown it during various online meetings. I worked for a cosmetics company called Clarity for 6 years, doing various jobs including moving boxes around the factory, labelling products and screwing caps onto bottles. Unfortunately, I lost that job when people were laid off during the pandemic. It’s the only job I’ve ever had that gave me regular employment. This year I have been participating in the CDA leadership programme, which started in April and runs until March 2022. Its aim is to support Disabled people to become leaders in their chosen field. Me and another Leader are focusing on employment. By the end of the course, we will have developed a presentation that will be used to explain Disabled people’s employment challenges to Camden Council, local employers, schools and other significant groups. We plan to also work with those bodies to find solutions. My hobbies include dancing and exploring London which help me relax.

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