Over the past few months I've been involved in the Radio 5 Live Drive on unemployment....

I've been out of work now for around 11 -12 months. I have applied for a lot of jobs and have had no luck or even a reply. Radio 5 live introduced me to my mentor for the show Tristram Mayhew founder of Go Ape.

I met Tristram at Matfen Hall where there is a Go Ape course. I spoke with him about how I've dealt with being unemployed and how I've been trying to get back into work. Tristram gave me a lot of good advice and was very open and honest with me on where I need to improve on if I want to stand out in getting a job or career in the Outdoors.

He helped me realise that just sending application forms off for work wasn't always the best option and that I need to make myself stand out by directly contacting possible employers. I have taken on a lot of Tristram's advice and tried to use it to my benefit.



Richie, Karen and Craig at BBC Radio 5 studios, Media City UK Salford

This is a guest post from Richie who took part in the 'NOISE Young & Jobless' radio documentary series, broadcast over 4 months on BBC 5LIVE in 2012. The programme followed 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--