This is a true story that happened to me a few weeks back. All names have been changed.
“Have a seat,” Frank says.
I take a seat in the small room just about cozy enough for a large table, two chairs and two people. No, this isn’t a room in the building of the career consulting firm I am paying a visit to after they rung me last week. It is one of the probably thousands of meeting rooms in a sky-high office tower in Melbourne’s CBD. And career consultant Frank had rented/booked it out for our appointment.
“Tell me about yourself,” Frank says, leaning forwards in his chair and fiddling with the laptop on the table between us.
“I’m currently working here and there. I’m looking for something full or part time,” I reply.
Finding a job is a tedious process. Sometimes, career firms may not be completely upfront with their clients. Photo: Mabel Kwong
“Have you had interviews? You’re applying for jobs through recruitment firms?”
Flick through community radio channels on the AM and FM dials in Australia and you will come across Chinese, Korean, Greek and Italian programs at some point.
With an increasing number of Australians coming from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, there is definitely a local audience for ethnic community radio programs. It makes sense to have more of these programs available to cater to this demographic’s listening pleasure. This is possible through community digital radio services that offer more stations, greater choices of ethnic programs.
Without sufficient funding, the digital future of community radio looks bleak. SYN 90.7FM studios circa 2008. Photo: Mabel Kwong