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Category - Education & Employment

Elusive employment in unprecedented times

Words by Kai, 25 The year 2020 brought a whirlwind of change. At least that was what it looked like when Jane*, an old friend, shared a picture from her office farewell dinner. Her company fired her without warning for...

Mountainous Barriers WhyNot

Mountainous Barriers

Words by Markos, 28 VIC Artist statement: – This is a simple but honest piece that illustrates the challenges of getting a job when you have mental health issues. While it’s difficult to climb those hills...

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The Stigma of Staying After High School

Words by Sol, 19 WA With a population of just under 2 million people, Perth lags behind other Australian cities such as Sydney (5.23 million) and Melbourne (4.94 million). Still, Perth has all the landmarks of a capital...

Instagram screen shots of barriers to employment

What a Time to be Alive

Digital artwork by Julianna, 26 VIC This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2020. I  like to use Instagram. I discovered the abilities of sharing quick Instagram stories which act for me...

Side Effects May include - Artist Submission

Side Effects May Include

Submission by Julia. 24 VIC This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2020. Artist Statement: – ‘I created this piece to highlight the impact that mental health can have on maintaining...

A Young Australian’s Voice

Recording & Words by Imogen, 21 VIC This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2020. In this audio piece, Imogen responds to the numerous employment barriers young people face today...

The Interview - WhyNot Blog Article

The Interview

Words by Hardeep, 28 NSW This piece was the Winner of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2020. The tapping of the receptionist’s acrylic nails is making my nerves jump. I made it twenty minutes early and am now...

Meandering Mind | WhyNot?

Meandering Mind

Words by Joanita, 24 NSW I always thought I knew what I wanted – but the longer I spend searching the job market, the more I understand how options can be both liberating and confining.  I used to have no patience...

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