'YOUNG & JOBLESS', MEET THE MENTORS: RICHARD JOSEPH

My name is Richard Joseph and with my twin brother Antony I set up Joseph Joseph Ltd in 2003...

 We design, make and sell a range of household products both in the UK and in 73 other markets worldwide.

Craig meets RichardI had a great first meeting with Craig. He is a hugely talented designer with a real interest and passion for 2D design. I went through his portfolio and could see the talent was there but he has not been given proper guidance and help in preparing to find a job. I know first-hand how difficult it is to get a creative job. I got my first design job after 3 months of interviews, CV sending and plenty of rejection. I was looking in 1999 when the UK economy was in much better shape than it is now so I wanted to see if I could help. Craig’s situation is tough and frustrating.

It must be very similar for a high number of designers looking for work. Having met him he is a guy with a real passion for this line of work and a real talent but he’s had virtually no support in preparing to find work. I believe with help we can seriously improve his chances of finding work. I want to get Craig’s CV and work portfolio prepared well and to do this I’ve asked Adrem, one of the country’s leading recruitment firms in the area of 2D design to help. Wayne from Adrem has agreed to help improve the layout and presentation of Craig’s CV and Portfolio and help get him interviews. Wayne will also give him interview training if he thinks it will help.

The creative industry is tough to get into and it may take 200 job applications before you find the job you want. A large number of the creative jobs are based in our larger cities including London and if you don’t live there you may need to relocate to find work. You may want to take an internship to gain experience and you may have to support yourself with a second job to do this. I do believe the rewards of working in a creative industry are high and if you have a passion for it you should work hard to try and find a job there. I think finding work in this current environment is very tough and even though it took me 3 months to find my first job it was an easier environment back then. Finding a job is a lonely process and can be incredibly frustrating,

In the early days of our business we worked on our own and struggled to get it off the ground. You have to persevere and work hard to get what you want. The environment is very tough but there are jobs out there, you have to fight for them. I was impressed with Craig’s talent and attitude when we met. He has decided to look nationwide for a job, he is very determined and committed to finding a job in the area that interests him. My suggestions to address the current youth unemployment problem Greater Tax breaks for SME businesses to take on young people straight from School or University. This would encourage more internships, apprenticeships and make it easier for young people to get into work. Richard Joseph, co-founder of Joseph Joseph www.josephjoseph.com

This is a guest post from Richard Joseph who took part in the 'NOISE Young & Jobless' radio documentary series, broadcast over 4 months on BBC 5Live in 2012. The programme four unemployed young people as they looked for work, hooking them up with mentors and advice on their journey. For more information about this project, the participants and mentors   --See Here--