As a trained psychologist, I couldn't find work

2019-04-26 16:14
Janine Adams

Janine Adams

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Name: Janine Adams

Age: 34

Occupation: Psychologist

Dear Mr President

My name is Janine, I am a 34-year-old South African female. I graduated from UCT with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) degree specialising in Psychology. I worked as a volunteer for several years at different institutions. I struggled to get work after my studies. 

I was a young single mother, who needed to work for my daughter. My parents made a lot of sacrifices to give me further education and I couldn't see that their sacrifices went in vein so I decided to join SAPS and worked as a constable for more than nine years, working Visible Policing and receiving the same salary as a constable who just came from school without any further education apart from the police training. 

I left South Africa last year to work abroad as an English teacher with the hope of immigrating because if I struggled as a young educated female in South Africa, I can only imagine how hard it will be for my children to get work. I have seen how many people with less education and experience have been placed in jobs that they cannot do. It's sad that I had to leave my home and my country to live elsewhere where people and institutions recognise my abilities. 

So, dear Mr President, my question is what do we living abroad come home to? Unemployment? Or someone with two degrees working at a low paying job where one cannot afford to buy a house in a decent area, let alone provide your children with their basic needs? Or a country where criminal activities in our government are evident and the little that we work hard for is being taken, not to build our country, but to fill the pockets of the greedy?

All the money spent and sacrifices I had to endure just to achieve nothing in South Africa. Over the years it has become clear to me that South Africa does not need young, vibrant, hardworking individuals and that there is no future for me or my children in South Africa.

At this point I'm not sure whether I want to stay in South Africa and whether the state can provide me with a good enough reason to come back home. South Africans are suffering and only our government can fix it by first of all eradicating corruption starting from the highest levels and creating fair and equal job opportunities for all. 

We have a beautiful country and if the president really wants South Africans to come back home, he should begin to change things so that we can be proud of our country once again.

Thank you 


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