Desperate, I phoned every newspaper editor in Sydney and finally got five days work experience at a small free newspaper in the inner west. At the end of the week I asked if I could come back next week. The editor bluntly told me they had no job for me. It took a lot of courage, but I continued asking to come back, every week, for three months. It was pure luck when the cadet journalist quit and I was offered her job. That work experience paved the way for every job I've had since, and taught me the value of developing a good work ethic. Don't worry if you're on the dole, use the time wisely and do your dream job for free. Hopefully, one day, you'll get paid to do it.

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