Unemployed Bath graduate who advertised himself . . . still looking for full-time job
A desperate Bath graduate who set up stall outside a train station in a bid to find employment is still searching for a job - six months later.
Bader Abdel-Razeq graduated from the University of Bath last July with a 2:2 degree in mechanical engineering and dreams of working in aviation.
The 24-year-old paraded outside Bristol's Temple Meads Station station for 12 hours one day that month with a placard bemoaning his situation and handing out CVs hoping commuters may be able to help him find work.
He took the desperate measure after applying for more than 1,000 jobs with no joy. At his peak he was applying for 30 or 40 jobs a day.
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His quest resulted in two interviews but no job. He is now working part-time as a waiter in Bath to make ends meet but says most of his money goes on petrol.
"It's getting very demoralising," Mr Abdel-Razeq said.
"I have not given up by any means and still apply for around 10 jobs a day. Now I am working as a waiter at the University of Bath where I studied for my degree.
"I think they gave me some work because they felt sorry for me.
"Unfortunately I have to drive there and back which means 90 per cent of my money goes on petrol.
"I am grateful for the work but it is very frustrating when I have a degree to be earning minimum wage."
Mr Abdel-Razeq wrote to David Cameron and got a response thanking him and saying the Prime Minister had referred his situation to the Department of Work and Pensions.
"I was surprised to get a reply but when I spoke to the Department of Work and Pensions they just said they were sorry for my situation and asked why I was not claiming benefits – surely I am doing what they want me to be doing?" he said.
"I found that strange that they suggest I claim benefits when I have a degree and am desperately searching for work."
Mr Abdel-Razeq still hopes for a job in engineering but feels a combination of the recession and lack of jobs means he may not find himself working in that field.
"I believe I have studied hard and have a lot to offer but it's about being given an opportunity to prove that," he said.
Mr Abdel-Razeq is from Jordan but moved to the UK in 2005. He lives in Hartclifee, Brsitol.
He obtained A-levels in maths and physics before attending the University of Bath and gaining a degree in mechanical engineering.
If you can help Mr Abdel-Razeq contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org