Desperate to find a job

September 15, 2020

Dear Pastor,

I am writing to you in regard to my current unemployment situation. I have been trying to find a job in Jamaica since 2015 and I have been unsuccessful.

I have attended several interviews, but hiring managers only want to find out why I came back to Jamaica. Some told me that I should have never come back.

I was even told that when I applied at the labour ministry. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance, with a minor in economics.

I also have an associate degree in sciences and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) certificate. After graduating from high school with six CXC subjects, I could not afford to attend university. I grew up in a foster home. I decided to go to the Vocational Training and Development Institute and study heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

This allowed me to get a job at the Jamaica Defence Force working in the engineering department. Then I worked at a credit union for two years as a credit officer.

I migrated to the Cayman Islands, where I worked for several years. I used my savings to finance myself through school to get my associate degree, while supporting a child.

It was hard, but I did it. My passion was always in finance, so I applied to a prominent university in Florida and I got accepted on a partial scholarship.

I am currently 40 year old, with a 14-year-old child to support, along with other expenses, and I am struggling to do so. The child's mother lives in Cayman and she is the one who has to do everything for this child. I used to sell fruits to the university students where I now reside, but since COVID-19 things have got really bad.

I do not have any relatives who care about my situation except my father, but things are very hard on him. I desperately need a job.

My passion is in finance and I have been enrolled in the chartered financial analyst programme from 2015, but due to financial constraints I have been unable to continue.

Between 2018 and 2019, I worked as a credit/loans officer. I did an internship in investment in 2015, and I worked in government for more than 10 years.

I got baptised at age 10 and was a youth pastor, but now I have lost all hope. Please assist me as best as you can. Thank you.

A.M.

Dear A.M.,

I published this letter hoping that somebody would see it and be willing to offer you a job. I would say to you that although you like the field of finance, you should be willing to do any other job that you are qualified to do. I should also say to you that you should not be discouraged not having yet landed a job.

As you know, sometimes it takes about two or three years for university graduates to become employed. I have known people who have had to wait longer than that.

Therefore, I am encouraging you not to give up. I shall continue to pray for you and if anyone or any company is willing to help you, I will contact you or give them your name forthwith.

Pastor

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