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Inspirational or a waste of precious slacking-off time? I once went on a buzzword bingo-laden training course which ended up with my being held at gunpoint in public. Could have gone better, to be honest. Tell us your tales from either side of the lectern

(, Thu 15 Mar 2012, 15:01)
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Unemployment courses in Australia
are pretty bad. They don't make us work in supermarkets for free, but they're pretty bad.

The person who ran the course told us that a particular motivational book was banned in Australia because it discusses the Bible. A few people's tentative skepticism was just ignored. This is equivalent to saying the Bible is banned in England or America - any adult should know it's not true.

I'd imagine that she heard something like that the book wasn't used on government courses because it promoted a particular religion, and she just didn't think about whether what she was saying made any sense.

I'm quite middle class, in the sense that a) I can go back to uni (which is what I did), and b) I don't really feel like I need a job for self-respect or to not go crazy from boredom.

But, obviously, most long-term unemployed people aren't.

The government / the taxpayers are paying companies like Sarina Russo (who ran my course) to help people find jobs, and they simply aren't doing what they're paid for.

Sarina Russo, by the way, is screwed up. The whole organisation seems to be devoted to making Sarina Russo (the person) feel better about herself. There are photos of her everywhere with her 'inspiring story', and a biography which you can buy and parts of which get given to everyone...it's all a bit cult-like. Anyone who spends that much time telling you they're great, doesn't think they're great. Also they seem to only hire women and 'camp' gay men. It feels a bit like Sarina might be scared of boys.

Also we had feedback forms, which I filled in with various negative things (I was quite angry by the end). As you'd expect, these forms were supposed to be anonymous and confidential. She looked through them, said "Oh, look what [someone else] has put" and then read the whole thing out loud.
(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 15:21, 15 replies)
I imagine this makes some kind of sense
If you spend all day upside down, pissed on "tinnies" of cheap lager
(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 15:27, closed)
Rack off Bouncer!

(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 15:38, closed)
Oh you pommies and your class-conscious, warm, weak beer sense of humour.
EDIT: thanks to mmps for the updated lulz
(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 20:26, closed)
I'd never have guessed that you were unemployed

(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 16:03, closed)

(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 16:07, closed)
"I'm quite middle class, in the sense that ...I don't really feel like I need a job for self-respect or to not go crazy from boredom.

But, obviously, most long-term unemployed people aren't"

I read that as "I consider myself better than most plebs who don't have the mental strength of a superior being like myself".

I'd say 'and you wonder why so many people don't like you' but I doubt it gives you pause for thought.
(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 16:41, closed)
Yet you scarpe come across
as such a egalitarian person who always has such positive things to say about people.
(, Sat 17 Mar 2012, 3:49, closed)
Thank you, I like to think so.

(, Sat 17 Mar 2012, 7:24, closed)
Aussie sarcasm is obviously wasted
on you pale-skinned, island-nation types.
"Gather ye ....blah, blah, blah while you may because I'll never have to worry about paying VAT like you do."
(, Sat 17 Mar 2012, 7:58, closed)
I don't get this.
Isn't Australia an island nation of mostly pale-skinned people?
(, Sat 17 Mar 2012, 8:50, closed)
A continent full of sun-tanned
Apart from the skippys, wogs and abos.
(, Sat 17 Mar 2012, 12:35, closed)
Island continent my arse.
Australia would have to be the only country in the continent.

Sun-tanned Adonises Pasty bogans with terrible dress sense.
(, Sat 17 Mar 2012, 17:09, closed)
Those are the visiting poms you drongo!
(, Sat 17 Mar 2012, 21:32, closed)
What a load of bollocks.
Australia sits on the same plate as India, and a fair old whack of Indonesia.

It shares its flaura and fauna, and its ancient cultures with everything east of the wallace line. There are some species unique to Australia, but you could say that about most counties. Island nation.

Once again, there may be odd tanned surfer type, but everyone knows your average Australian is pasty, inbred and a bit thick.

(, Sat 17 Mar 2012, 23:25, closed)
Isn't it astounding how data can be manipulated. Especially by the thickos...
(, Sun 18 Mar 2012, 0:21, closed)

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