'I applied for 110 jobs and heard nothing'

GEORGIA Stephensen has just submitted her 110th job application for work on the Fraser Coast - but the milestone isn't anything to celebrate.

At her wits end, the quietly spoken 17-year-old said she only ever received emails back telling her another candidate had been chosen.

She is now left with the unsettling decision to make: Does she stay or leave Hervey Bay.

Relocating from Gladstone to the Fraser Coast late last year after finishing high school, Georgia first enrolled as an on-campus student at the University of Southern Queensland in Hervey Bay.

However she canned the idea of tertiary studies after just one semester.

"I wanted to enter the workforce to earn money and to not amass tens of thousands in student debt," Georgia said.

Since then, Georgia has applied for more than 100 jobs in the space of eight months with only two unsuccessful interviews lined up from the efforts.

While the feedback from both of the interviews was good, she said other people were chosen to fill the roles in hospitality and retail.

The teenager has applied online and in person for "anything and everything", including for work as a waitress, shop assistant and pizza delivery driver - but all to no avail. She is worried her horizons are limited due to a lack of credentials and experience.

"I am really into fitness and would love to work in the industry, but can't as I don't have any qualifications," she said.



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