Tamika just wants a job, like many other unemployed youth
AT JUST 17, Tamika Terare is in the same jobless boat as far too many of the young people in the Wide Bay Burnett region.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced that the unemployment rate for young people aged 15-24 in the area has reached 17.6%.
Ms Terare is hoping to get off the unemployment queue by continuing her education through Impact Make Your Mark, but she says it is still not easy.
"It's very hard looking for work," she said.
"I do get a little bit despondent, but I still have hope."
Ms Terare is hoping to find work in the retail industry, but she is also attracted to hospitality.
Part of her routine is a resume run on Fridays, when she visits businesses in Bundaberg and drops off her details.
"I think I'd be a good employee," she said.
"I'm willing to work hard."
Ms Terare said it was tough seeing people her age who were working and had spending money, when she had none.
"When someone else gets a position I've applied for I wonder 'What's wrong with me? Why didn't I get it?" she said.
In a bid to cut the youth unemployment in the Wide Bay the Federal Government has launched My Chance, Our Future - a new campaign highlighting the urgent issue of youth unemployment.
The program will provide support to youth towards an education pathway or to stay at school.
Youth Connections service provider Impact Make Your Mark CEO Tanya O'Shea welcomed the attention to this urgent issue.
"Youth Connections staff know better than most how tough it is for our young people to get a job in the Wide Bay, so this campaign is sorely needed," she said.
"We also know how much damage unemployment can do to our young people and to our local community.
"We need this issue on the radar, and the My Chance, Our Future campaign will help do that."
Ms O'Shea said around one in four young Australians was neither working nor studying full time.
"These young people really need our help to get that first job, so Youth Connections services are really vital for the community," she said.
"Impact encourages anyone in our local community who is concerned about youth unemployment to sign up to the new campaign so we can really start to tackle this growing problem together."