Road to Welfare

Fortitude Valley backstreets.

This is a road I used to walk in my late teens and early 20s, whenever I had to deal with centrelink, Australia’s welfare agency. That was 20 years ago, and unfortunately I have been on and off welfare since then.

In 2014 I decided to build on my experience in web design with studies in graphic and interactive design at QUT. It seemed like something I should have done straight after school, and if I had not dallied around for a decade, trying this and that, I would probably have been a great success at it.

Now, I can’t get a junior role. I look interesting on paper, but a lack of experience makes me look like a huge gamble in terms of what-they-need: output. I’m 40 next year, which doesn’t bother me, but it might be bothering everyone else.

I’m wondering what I can do at this stage.

On the bright side, I did just get a new camera, which is the Fujifilm x-e1, a model from 2013 or so, making it capable but affordable. I stuck my grandad’s Pentax-M 28mm on it, and am working on JPEG recopies for colour and mono.