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I have a backpack

Words and Artwork by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD I have a backpack, It bare and new, Still smells like the shop, But I have a backpack. My mother helps fill it with Clothes, and toiletries; Her tears, and my hat; A big tub of sunscreen and some guilt. Dad lets me go like a Magician…

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Duality of Dreams

Words and Artwork by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD I awake with tears eroding A home into the crevices of my eyes. My arms feel like they Are missing an extension of themselves. My heart is vacant, And echoes like a hollowed out tree trunk. As I look around my bedroom, Sleep still crusted into my…

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Time

Time

Words by Joanita (she/her), 28 NSW There were a lot of influencers on my Instagram Explore tab that day, but one in particular left me unsettled. She was showing what seems to be a robust data set on her personal life. “I’m intentional about where I spend my time, because I track what I’m doing…

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Dealing with Customers

Artwork by Laura (she/they) 23 Spain You can find more of Laura’s work on Instagram @laurahsilva.art       Cover illustration by Aileen. You can find more of her work on Instagram @aileenngstudio

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Star #4

This piece is featured in the collaborative project between WhyNot and Project See and B for Propel Youth Arts WA 2024 KickstART Festival in Western Australia. Art by Elisa (she/her) 19 WA As a young creative in Perth, I am in the process of establishing my artistic identity. Being a creative can mean many different…

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From Dreams to Tattoos

This piece is featured in the collaborative project between WhyNot and Project See and B for Propel Youth Arts WA 2024 KickstART Festival in Western Australia. Words by Mae (they/them) 23 WA I have been in and out of the creative space in Perth since I was about 16. Whilst completing ATAR art in high…

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In Another Life

Words by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD     I lock eyes with a girl, Her eyes are round, and cheeks Are full, and her smile is all teeth. She looks like me, Maybe she is me, In some other life.   She stands across the street, She’s in the sun, Gripping her tote bag, Her shoes…

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Raise Our Voice in Parliament – Education

Imagine the impact when politicians across the nation commit to echoing the concerns and aspirations of our younger generations, speaking their words on the issues that matter most to them. Let us introduce you to the Raise Our Voice in Parliament initiative. It’s where the future of Australia meets the present in a collaboration fuelled…

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Raise Our Voice in Parliament – Empowerment

Imagine the impact when politicians across the nation commit to echoing the concerns and aspirations of our younger generations, speaking their words on the issues that matter most to them. Let us introduce you to the Raise Our Voice in Parliament initiative. It’s where the future of Australia meets the present in a collaboration fuelled…

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Part 1: Let me count the ways, it sucks to be XX and not XY

This piece was written for International Women’s Day 2024. Words by Josephine Renee (she/her) 23 QLD Abortions cost $500. For those who menstruate you will spend roughly $10,000 on period care products throughout your life. $11,000 on the Pill. The oral contraceptive pill is only 63 years old and there is no definitive research on…

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Conversations with Daniel: Voices from Brisbane

Interview by Daniel (he/him), 26 QLD A reflection on my time speaking to young leaders in India – in the final part of my journey to amplify voices in the Asia-Pacific region. I started this series by saying that of all the places I thought I might sometime go, India was not one of them….

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Conversations with Daniel: Voices from India

Interview by Daniel (he/him), 26 QLD We discuss the needs and challenges of young people in leadership positions – in Part Seven of my journey to amplify voices in the Asia-Pacific region. If you’ve been following my journey so far, you’ve met all manner of interesting and accomplished young people – from aspiring YouTubers, to…

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Grief

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA The following piece may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services….

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Conversations with Daniel: Voices from Penang

Interview by Daniel (he/him), 26 QLD We discuss the big challenges and important responsibilities facing young people from Malaysia – in Part Six of my journey to amplify voices in the Asia-Pacific region. It has been a non-stop week in India, with very few opportunities to slow down and reflect. If you’re following this series,…

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Let Go & Letting Go

Words by Taylor (she/her), 24 NSW   When my last employer let me go, it felt like being dumped by a toxic ex. We clearly weren’t working out, but I had more to give. I was determined to do better, and still hoping he’d change. Hoping he’d walk the walk promised in meetings, not just…

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Relationships

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA   As we move through Valentine’s Day, we’ve no doubt been inundated with Buzzfeed articles like “5 signs your man is cheating on you,” “Do you love him or is he just tall?” and “Why should I marry Ryan Reynolds and not my partner?” These articles, all about unhealthy…

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Conversations with Daniel: Voices from Manila

Interview by Daniel (he/him), 26 QLD I speak to an inspiring young leader from the Philippines – in Part Five of my journey to amplify voices in the Asia-Pacific region. I met a great deal of incredible people while in Chennai, India. Young people from across the Asia-Pacific – all working, in their own way,…

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Raise Our Voice in Parliament – Politics

Imagine the impact when politicians across the nation commit to echoing the concerns and aspirations of our younger generations, speaking their words on the issues that matter most to them. Let us introduce you to the Raise Our Voice in Parliament initiative. It’s where the future of Australia meets the present in a collaboration fuelled…

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Conversations with Daniel: Voices from Surkhet

Interview by Daniel (he/him), 26 QLD I talk to an incredibly ambitious young leader from Nepal – in Part Four of my journey to amplify voices in the Asia-Pacific region. We’ve now been in Chennai, India for a handful of days. So far, things have been great. I am trying amazing food (curry for breakfast?),…

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Like Coffee

Words by Aurelne (she/her) 25, WA   I only tried you because everyone else loved you, And at first, You were too bitter For my childish taste buds.   I grew to tolerate you, I learnt all about you, About your flavours and facades.   Before I realised it, I needed you, And each day…

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Validation: Gen Z

Do you feel undervalued at work? As Gen Z is set to dominate the workforce, a recent study found that only 54% of young workers seek praise from their bosses for their performance. Join our Creative Residents, Caitlin (she/her), 25, and Ethan (he/him), as they venture out to capture the perspectives on this evolving trend….

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Conversations with Daniel: Voices from Bogura

Interview by Daniel (he/him), 26 QLD We discuss the big, generational issues affecting young people in Bangladesh – in Part Three of my journey to amplify voices in the Asia-Pacific region. In the couple of days I’ve been in India, I am not only learning about India – I am also getting a crash-course on…

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Conversations with Daniel: Voices from Binondo

Interview by Daniel (he/him), 26 QLD I hear from a young leader from the Philippines – in Part Two of my journey to amplify voices in the Asia-Pacific region. The first thing you notice in India is the heat. I’ll never complain about summer in Australia again. The next thing you notice are the mozzies…

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Entrepreneurship: Gen Z

Are you finding a sense of purpose in your work? The Gen Z generation is increasingly exploring careers that break away from the traditional 9 to 5 routine. Join our Creative Residents, Caitlin (she/her), 25, and Ethan (he/him), as they venture out to capture the perspectives on this evolving trend. Discover more by watching the…

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To My Housemates, With Love

Words by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD   I have found many sisters in the faces of my housemates. They weave between my fingers, Smile at my sore knuckles After another hard fought day. Never by blood, Always by chance. But aren’t those the best kind Of relationships   You cannot tell me Our smiles are not…

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Achieving your goals in the new year

Words by Aamir (he/him), 29 NSW As we are celebrating the final days of this year and approaching the new year, most of us will think that ‘this year will be different’ or ‘I’m going to achieve so many things’. But sometimes as the year progresses, these goals might be pushed aside and deprioritised due…

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Surviving Christmas

Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Surviving Christmas

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA Christmas is one of my favourite times of year. I love watching Christmas movies, making Gingerbread houses, and devouring some shortbread! Although I love this time of year, it can come with lots of challenges. Personally, I have struggled after the loss of a loved one and feeling overwhelmed…

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Conversations with Daniel: Voices from Bharat

Interview by Daniel (he/him), 26 QLD My journey to amplify the voices of young people in the Asia-Pacific region – and unpack the key issues affecting all of us. Of all the places I thought I might someday go; India was not one of them. Not out of neglect – rather, I struggled to imagine…

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Being Financially Healthy

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA Talking about finances can be such a drag and soooo boring. I know when I was a teenager, I found it boring and neglected it myself. However, by brushing aside important financial information or advice, as a teenager meant when I left home for uni, I struggled financially. I…

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Do you hear us now

Do you hear us now?

Words by Josh (he/him) 19, NSW When I was younger, around seven or eight years, I counted down each day until I could be an adult. I dreamed I would be the smartest, the person who was asked all the questions, the person who had all the answers, the centre of attention. In retrospect, I…

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Practising Rejection

Practising Rejection

Words by Lydia (they/she), 21 VIC With the job of a writer comes the challenge of rejection that you must overcome again and again and again… and again. I feel most like a writer when I have received a rejection, which I experienced just now. It was for an opportunity that I was really determined…

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Bayala, Ngara Wingara

Words by Hamani (he/him), NSW  The piece ‘Bayala, Ngara Wingara’ may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services: – 13YARN– 13 92 76 Lifeline – 13 11 14   As a proud Wiradjuri, Dharug, Dunghutti, Gooreng Gooreng and Tongan young person, I am…

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Lesbians and the Patriarchy

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  It was about five years from when I first admitted my attraction to women, that I finally accepted I would never feel the same toward men. I’ve heard the same story time and time again. It transcends the confines of individual experience. It’s something universal, something that weaves us…

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The Generational Gap

Words by David (he/him), 28 VIC  My parents were born a week apart in Sydney, in 1953. They came of age in the 60s and 70s, all while experiencing pangs of fear watching US vs. Russia, the Whitlam dismissal, and the Vietnam War.  My mother vividly recalls watching the moon landing on her high school’s…

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Measured in men

Words by Caelan, 18 NSW  At that gnarled and empty space between, when time stood still and fled, I thought about the things that pressed at my seams. I thought about the things that begged to spill from my mind to my tongue and embed themselves in places outside of me.   We are measured…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Early Childhood Educators

With 90% of brain development occurring before the age of 5, the experiences and influences a child has in this time is no doubt formative to their entire being. Tasked with an often misunderstood, yet imperative job, Early Childhood Educators nurture little minds in their most formative stages to see the world with curiosity and…

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Hot or not: you tell me

Words by Rosie (she/her), 30 QLD   When I was six, my parents asked me if I had a crush on any boys. First of all, bonkers, right? I was six. And I didn’t—because, y’know, I was six—but they were convinced that I did and that I was too embarrassed to admit it. “There’s no one,”…

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Are humans still humans?

Are humans still humans?

Words by Ray (he/him), 18 VIC  A subliminal part of our current economics is the idea that there is such a thing as eternal, incessant growth. Here’s a hypothetical example – there’s a sandwich you buy every day at cafe A. You’re happy with it, and the only way cafe B would be able to…

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the little man inside our head

The little man inside our head

Words by Lea (she/her), 18 NSW  The piece ‘The little man inside our head’ contains themes about mental health, anxiety and depression which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services. 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732 Lifeline – 13 11 14   I…

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Experiences

Unfiltered Thoughts: Experiences

According to trusty Google an experience is ‘an event or occurrence which leaves an impression on someone’. In other words, it could be an observation, understanding or knowledge, worldliness, involvement or exposure. When we talk about experience we’re talking about physical experiences – things you’ve lived through such as your first travel adventure in a…

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How to get unstuck

Words by Nandana, 16 NSW  I’m stuck in the middle of year 10. I’ve just chosen the subjects that will supposedly decide the rest of my life, and now I’m regretting some of them. I am starting to wish I could go back in time more and more every day – before year 10, or…

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Internalised Ableism

Words by Susie (she/her), 24 QLD  In part 1, we explored ableism: what it is, how to recognise it and how you can be an ally. Internalised ableism is much more personal and in some ways even more heartbreaking, as constant reinforcement from our ableist culture begins to dictate our internal, personal lives. Ableism is…

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Should Australia introduce compulsory national service for school-leavers?

Words by Dustin (he/him), 18 NSW Everyone knows that our schooling career is progressive. It’s planned out by the education system, almost as if your life has only one direction for the next 13 years: from kindergarten to year one, and eventually year 12. Essentially, young people – including me – feel as if they…

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Ableism: What is it? Why do you need to know about it?

Words by Susie (she/her), 24 QLD  What is Ableism? Ableism is heavily engrained in our society and impacts everyone’s daily life. Ableism is a huge, complex topic. It’s short dictionary definition is “discrimination in favour of able-bodied people.” But what does Ableism actually look like in everyday life? Ableism comes in many shapes and sizes….

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Kids want more choice after graduating, not less

Words by Joshua, 17 NSW     When the first wave of COVID-19 hit Australian shores in March 2020, I had no idea what was coming. Time spent crying at my desk, my microphone muted and camera off while attending Zoom classes. Afternoons spent on assignments and wondering about questions I couldn’t ask. Talking with friends…

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Fight of a six-year-old girl

Words by Steph, 26 VIC  This piece was the winner of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2022. The indignation of a six-year-old girl is truly something to be reckoned with. Sandwiched into the middle, back seat of the family car, my older brothers’ knees rammed into my thighs, is when I first discovered my innate…

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Voters Poem

Words by Dimitrios, 20 VIC  To know who to vote for is a lovely, beautiful thing. To know exactly who you’ll ask to lead, and with no fear of what they may bring. For I was taught when I was young that all politicians lie. How am I supposed to know who to vote for…

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Happy New Year’s Eve

Words by Jahin, 21 NSW    As we depart another year, It is time for me to forget the chapter it created, Like shoes at the door, I will lay it down, A heavy heart no longer mine to bear, To be grateful for the time that has passed, Lessons learnt and tears shared.  …

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The cover letter I wish I could send

What if you could write an honest cover letter? What would it say? Are employers putting too much weight on the contents of cover letters?

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Paper Rockets

Words by Becky, 19 NSW   Finding success when you are not built in the eyes of corporate perfection – an analogy   If I ever build a rocket, I would make it out of paper.   I’d make it forty sheets thick and cover it in flame retardant glue, But see that when it…

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Dark of the moon

Words by Jahin, 20 NSW Welcome to the inside of my mind,A mansion of memories, that sometimes feels hollow,Cracks and curves,Embellishing the nature that swirls around it. Here you will find one of two things –The joys and cheers of what it means to be human,A fickle experience, one of age and lessons that shape…

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A Teacher’s Concern

Words by S.H., 24 VIC This piece was a runner-up of the ‘Get Comfortable Online’ Creative Competition 2021. Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or…

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I’m one in four: the education system.

Words by Kirsten, 28 QLD I count to four as I breathe in and out. I have learnt, the caring sector is not for the faint-hearted.  As a year nine student wheels himself onto the veranda on the chair he’s just stolen from behind my desk, it’s not the chin wobbles I’m worried about, but…

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The economy was failing young Australians long before COVID-19

Words by Lachlan, 21 VIC I am one of the lucky ones. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic I have had stable employment and the resources to continue university study. Yet other young Australians have not been as fortunate, with the pandemic forcing almost one in three workers aged 18-24 into unemployment. These people are not just…

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Dear Future Employer

Words by Briana, 20 VIC Dear future employer, What is the answer? How do we break the cycle? The cycle where we study. We attain a casual job. We graduate. We have graduated but are still at our casual job that we can’t survive on, with no apparent experience and a debt to pay. We have…

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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 “underperformance”, Jane told me. “But they wanted me to still work with them and move…

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Pink-Haired Girls in the Night

Words by Kyara, 22 VIC I’m eight hours away from home at a festival celebrating the city of Adelaide’s 60th birthday. Crowds mill about, taking in the art displays and the food vans in the street. It’s easy to lose yourself in a crowd like this, and I love it. I don’t have to be…

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Motivation that Sticks

Words by Nicolas, 24 QLD Saying yes. Out loud, on paper or just in your head. It’s a simple motto to live by, it reinforces positivity, and generally the “yes” ethos can do wonderful things for you. When you feel a bit bummed about things not going right, you remember to “keep your nose to…

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The ATAR Benefits No-One: Reflections of a ‘High-Achiever’

Words by Mark, 21 VIC, You can read more work from Mark on his blog – www.pocpathways.com Four years ago, I completed the VCE. I spent Year 12 taking the right subjects – maths, chemistry and high-scaling foreign languages – and making all the right sacrifices to get the highest possible score. A second language…

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I am angry

I Am Angry

This article contains themes about sexual assault mentions, rape mention, casual racism, which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services or visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services. 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732Lifeline –…

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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 and mountains, it’s not impossible. Doubt and stress can be overcome by talking to someone or getting professional help. Just doing…

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Sisyphean Again

Words by Lydia, 18 VIC I have a newfound sympathy for Sisyphus.Every time I near the top of homemade mountains,within grasping distance of gold-star successes,the boulder of my progress slips from my grip,rolls over my foot and races back down to where I started. Everything is mountains and valleys now, peaks and troughs.The numbers rise…

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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 city, from a bustling CBD to diverse communities and even an international airport. Yet I never thought…

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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 like ‘time capsule memories.’ The phone screen becomes like a digital art canvas for my musings, quotes and photography….

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The Top Ten Lies your Careers Counsellor Told You

Words by Brianna, 21 QLD This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2020. 1. You have three pathways after leaving high school. The first is to go to university.   A degree in anything will earn you millions of dollars. (Please note: this option is only available to students with an ATAR…

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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 meaningful employment. As a young person who suffers from depression and anxiety, as well as chronic pain, I have a…

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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, including what it feels like to be part of the first graduating class to be entering the Australian workforce during a…

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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 sitting on a navy sofa in my tight pencil skirt, watching people race back and forth like…

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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 for ambivalent people. I tapped my foot when a person at the front of…

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The Pressure of Productivity

Words by Imogen, 26 QLD If you had asked me at the beginning of March what my plans were in the upcoming month, I would have told you that I was gearing up to work at two Comic-Cons (London and Birmingham), possibly accepting a promotion at work and counting down the days until my Dad…

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Baby, it’s Coaled Outside – An open letter to the Prime Minister

Words by Tamara, 29 NSW Dear Mr. Morrison,  2020 will go down in history as the year of “essentials”. Essential workers, essential services, just the essentials at the supermarket. There’s nothing like a global pandemic to reveal what we really need to pull through. I would like to meet just one person who didn’t need the arts…

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WhyNot EC Unfiltered: Education & Employment Part 2

Words by Members of the WhyNot Editorial Committee and friends Virtual hurdles To say my focus on my education has been a challenge is an understatement.  Like the majority of students, my studies have been completely shifted online. As I studied interstate at university, I came back to Sydney since the lockdown as my whole family resides…

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WhyNot EC Unfiltered: Education & Employment Part 1

Words by Members of the WhyNot Editorial Committee and friends Money makes me uncomfortable. My family didn’t casually talk about money – having it, needing it, spending it, thinking about spending it – around the dinner table or any other open space. As a kid, if I needed something that required money (so everything!), I…

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Travel in the Time of Corona

Words by Connor, 19 NSW I’m one of many young people who have had their travel plans cancelled or postponed by COVID-19. It’s a sad situation, but there will be a next time to travel, right? Sort of. A Reuters report suggests that it could take up to 10 months after the end of the…

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WhyNot EC Unfiltered: Thoughts During a Pandemic Part 2

Words by Members of the WhyNot Editorial Committee Low-hanging fruit is the tastiest I’ll admit that I was kind of looking forward to lockdown. I thought I would have ample time to read the copy of Crime & Punishment that has sat beside my bed for nearly eight months; dinner each night would be whipped…

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WhyNot EC Unfiltered: Thoughts During a Pandemic Part 1

Words by Members of the WhyNot Editorial Committee Domestic Everest failures I start the day with domestic aspirations that are basically the equivalent of summiting Everest. Re-pot all 47 plants in the yard (I’m the crazy pot lady), bake a sponge cake (nan’s recipe), a slow cooker casserole and use the last of those blackened…

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Redefining my Comfort Zone | WhyNot?

Redefining My Comfort Zone

Words by Kelsey, 20 NSW The girl I was a year ago wouldn’t recognise the girl I am now.  The past year has been an absolute whirlwind. I’ve lived in two countries, visited three more, made friends from around the globe, and stepped so far out of my comfort zone I had to redefine it. …

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Inner Infant

Illustration by Josh 26 VIC You can find more of his work on Instagram @joshchodziesner I generally use this cone-headed dude – Denk – to outwardly express the things that I need to regularly remind myself. This piece in particular is in response to that insidious voice in your head that tells you “You’re an adult now,…

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Is Finding Your Passion Enough | WhyNot?

Is Finding Your Passion Enough?

Words by Hayley 24 QLD On paper, I had it all.  A high paying job straight out of university with great development opportunities. I was 23 and had achieved all that I thought I was meant to do.  So why did I feel miserable?  — “What do you want to be when you grow up?” …

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Gifted, but Quirky

Gifted, But Quirky

Words by Jess, 23 VIC For me, being diagnosed with autism changed my life in an enormous way. I finally had an answer for all my life’s questions, and the more I looked into the female presentation of autism, the more of my existence made sense. I spent so many years feeling like I was…

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace Mediocrity

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace Mediocrity

Words by Anika 25, NSW When I was nine, my primary school careers counsellor told me the world was my oyster. I could read at a high-school level, I was precocious, and adults loved me. “What am I gonna do?!” I asked (demanded), pushing my stringy hair back at the roots, thrilled to discover I…

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This Was Fun

Words by Sarah, 29 VIC, You can find more of her poetry on Instagram @sharperpoetry One minute, I’m laughing over breakfast, the next, the floor is swallowing me whole. There’s a ringing in my ears that starts as a whisper, calling me somewhere I’ve been before; somewhere that grabs hold of my limbs and doesn’t…

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Why the Industry of Sending Expats Overseas Makes Me Mad | WhyNot

Why the Industry of Sending Expats Overseas Makes Me Mad

Words by Steph, 25 VIC After graduation, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.  I considered going somewhere in Asia to teach English to speakers of other languages as I was intrigued by photos I saw of happy volunteers posing with their class. I considered going somewhere in Africa, volunteering…

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The Generation Conflict Behind the Election | WhyNot

The Generation Conflict Behind the Election

Words by Connor, 18 NSW The recent election sparked an interesting debate with my grandfather over Australian politics, and in particular around the management of our economy and the best party for that job. I argued that Labor were the better economic managers; he staunchly supported the Coalition. In the eyes of my grandparents, Labor…

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Why you shouldn't do an internship | WhyNot?

Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad Turning Down an Internship

Words by Sophie, 22 WA You can find more of her work o You can read more work from Sophie on her website or on Uni Junkee There comes a time when you’ve passed the point of working for free and only getting a letter of recommendation for six months’ hard work. Yes, work experience is valuable, but here’s why…

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Its Okay to not know what you're doing in life

It’s Okay to Not Know What You are Doing

Words by Sophie, 22 WAYou can find more of her work o You can read more work from Sophie on her website or on Uni Junkee Throughout our final years in high school we are asked what we plan to do after graduating. Some will go to university, some will want to travel, and some will have absolutely no idea…

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Get comfortable feeling uncomfortable | WhyNot?

Get Comfortable Feeling Uncomfortable

Words by Gemma, 26 QLD Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash We’ve all been presented with an opportunity at some point, when it comes your way, have you made the most of it or let it pass you by? Did you just go with the flow and stay in your comfort zone, or did you grab that opportunity…

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Self-Care in the Workplace – Lessons From the Frontline

Words by Kevin, 26, VIC Self-care is all about ensuring that you remain physically, mentally, and spiritually recharged. Considering the frenetic pace at which the modern day world runs, it is more important than ever. But is self-care just about making time for yourself? As a health professional delivering therapy in the community, there are…

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Dear Brother John | Why Not?

Dear Brother John

Words by Akira, 22 VIC Dear Brother John, This morning I woke up to a Sydney Morning Herald article outlining some alarming suggestions following the religious review commissioned in the wake of last year’s marriage equality victory. The report calls for the federal Sex Discrimination Act to be amended to allow religious schools to discriminate…

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Good Will or Good Business ? WhyNot?

Goodwill or Good Business?

Words by Bill, 24 Illustration by Alieen, You can find more of her work on Instagram @cartoonsforsanity and @aileenetc In our modern-day economy, businesses have suddenly had to deal with a new kind of pressure to satisfy consumers. Poor politics and ill-advised marketing leads to wholesale boycotts as customers take a stand against laundering dirty money used to…

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Everyone is Better than Me | WhyNot?

I Was Intimidated by Brilliance, Until Now

Words by Cheyenne, NSW I have always been an overachiever. I’ve always loved to involve myself academically and socially, reaping the rewards of hard work and enthusiasm. I graduated high school with an ATAR in the nineties, experience as a School Captain, a plethora of hobbies and extracurriculars, and a set of gleaming eyes that looked…

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Youth Unemployment | Career | Why Not | Not Today

‘Not Today’

Illustration by Aileen Based on my own experience I have tried to build a narrative that illustrates the effect of pursuing traditional careers out of expectations from society. My illustration ’Not today’ represents the leap from university into an entry level job whilst trying to keep up with the status quo. You can find more of her work…

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I Know Where I Belong

What comes to mind when you think of the word lost?

Does it make you think of damage, the concept of navigation, or being misguided in general?

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Youth Summit

YMCA Youth Summit 28/05/2018 – Arts Centre Melbourne Book your tickets here It’s time for some fresh thinking on Mental Health. Currently 1 in 4 young people experience a mental illness like anxiety or depression. Many experts in this area are calling this a crisis and much talk is happening around Australia about solutions to mental…

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When there’s something to be said…

I feel as though we’ve all felt it at one point in our lives; something has bothered us or frustrated us and we don’t quite know the right way to go about it.

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Young people are being led down the garden PaTH

The Federal Government’s new Prepare, Trial and Hire Scheme, shortened erroneously to “PaTH” will see jobseeking young people aged 15-24 offered internships for between 4-12 weeks in exchange for an additional $200 a week, on top of their usual jobseeker allowance.

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I’m mad

I’m mad. I’m mad that my industry has let me down.

Media was meant to be fun – exciting, filled with creative types, and an opportunity to turn my passion into my occupation. This is what motivated me throughout my Bachelor degree and beyond. And at first, reality met my expectations: I created, with others, and I learnt so much, and it was beautiful. It was great. I relished in it, in all of it. In helping create, in learning from my peers, and in helping my colleagues

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