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The tool is developed as a step for youth exchanges and trainings about employability.
The participants get basic knowledge in economics and job market.

Aims of the tool

- To get familiar with the challenges of finding a job in a narrow labour market;
- To explore the interconnections between employment and welfare;
- To experience the difficulties of finding a job when not everyone has the same starting position and develop own position on this situation;
- To experience the consequences of being unemployed and start a dialogue on how this can be changed.

Description of the tool

- Introduction [10 mins]
The facilitator starts the session explaining that there are a number of envelopes to be found in the venue. The participants' task is to find the envelopes containing the jobs and they may only return if they have found one.
All participants are given a paper. Some papers have a map with the location of some of the envelopes. One of them only gets a blank paper.
One of the participant, chosen randomly, is set apart from the group and another one is blindfolded.
- The Hunting [30 mins]
At the facilitators' signal the participants start to search for envelopes with description of jobs and "salary" inside.
While the participants are searching, the facilitator prepares a table with goods to buy (coffee, juice, candies, etc.). Some goods are cheap enough so that everyone who has found an envelope can afford them, others are more expensive.
- The Market [20 mins]
The participants come back one by one and can start buying goods. Those who did not find an envelope cannot buy nor do anything, and are sent outside without the chance to take part in the buying.
(Keep in mind that the activity may go in a different direction: for example, the participants may decide to gamble on parts of the salary or attempt to lower the price of goods).
- Plenary discussion [30 mins]
The facilitator leads the discussion, firstly asking participants what happened (as not all of them have the same experience):
- How did the participants feel about their buying power or lack thereof?
- How did they feel about the others?
Then the topic shifts to employment:
- What are the links between this activity and the labour market?
- What are some of the consequences of not finding a job (in the activity
and in real life)?
- What could be done in order to minimize the effects of having different
starting points?
The facilitator hides a number of envelopes (fewer than the number of participants) in the venue. Inside them are papers with job positions written on them together with a number of bills. Envelopes have varying amounts of money inside.


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Tool overview

This tool is for

NET (not in education or training) youth

and addresses

Social Inclusion, Organisational Management

It is recommended for use in:

Youth Exchanges
Training and Networking

Materials needed:

Materials needed
Envelopes, markers, printed (drawn) "salaries", candies, coffee/juice


~ 90 mins

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

YEU; Giammarco Rene Casanova; Oleksandra Bakun

in the context of

The tool was developed and rebuilt during the 34th Convention of YEU "Job Hunters" on Cyprus

The tool has been experimented in

34th Youth Convention of Internatinal network Youth for Exchange and Understanding "Job Hunters"

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Oleksandra Bakun (on 29 October 2015)

and last modified

24 October 2015

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