As ever, gaining a skill will give you a much better chance of getting a job that pays well. If you are not 'academic' train as a brickie, and if you are, look to surveying. But over the past 8 years those skills have made your economic life very difficult indeed. All it is possible to say is that luck is a vital ingredient in everyone's life. But as Gary Player once famously said: 'the harder I practice, the luckier I get'.