Countdown to Unemployment thread Page 101

  • Trowel 18 Apr 2019 16:57:57 22,650 posts
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    @GuybrushFreepwood Thanks mate, good suggestions - and, along with Carlo, the concept of treating job hunting like a job.

    I interviewed someone with that mindset only 2 years ago - he told me he had a history of quitting jobs he didn't like, and going full time job hunting instead. We hired him, and he's still there (outlasted me!!).

    Online courses in downtime are a good idea too - will dust off some of those free Udemy courses I was "definitely getting around to"...
  • thelzdking 18 Apr 2019 21:48:08 9,524 posts
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    Utterly wrong approach IMO. You want to buy a big bag of weed and a crate of Carling and fire up the X-Box. Don't undersell yourself, the jobs should just land in your lap.
  • Frogofdoom 18 Apr 2019 21:56:33 13,982 posts
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    Fucking hell that sounds amazing, next time round I'm trying that.
  • itsamemarcus 3 May 2019 12:30:49 57 posts
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    Although I feel bad posting here since it was a voluntary resignation I will more than likely be out of work at the beginning of June.

    I have been struggling with depression the last couple of years and currently work for my Dad, which has led to a breakdown in our relationship.

    So to help my mental health and hopefully our future relationship I handed in my notice this morning.

    I currently have the 'fear', but also have a feeling of relief that I won't be working here in four weeks time.

    There's no real point to what I've written here, it's more venting than anything, but I have frequented these forums for years now and there are some people who are great at giving advice and/or support.
  • JamboWayOh 3 May 2019 13:38:18 14,771 posts
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    Vent away my friend it does wonders at times and even helps bring clarity because it isn't festering away in your mind. For now take some time if you can to work on you, think about what inspires, what qualifications and experience you have that can link to that and if you don't have any then look into education. Honestly the only thing in your way in most situations is you.
  • itsamemarcus 3 May 2019 13:42:08 57 posts
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    @JamboWayOh Thank you so much! I have now spoken to all of the people I need to - family and one senior colleague and the more I talk about it the more I know I've made the right decision.

    Now is perhaps the perfect time to go back into schools, not teaching as my confidence isn't there just yet, but perhaps something in administration or pastoral. The aim would then be to get my confidence back and eventually go back to teaching.
  • DaM 3 May 2019 13:50:18 17,374 posts
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    What do you do? Are you going to try something different? Most often a change of scenery does you good.

    Probably best long term, better to be on good terms with your parents (if they aren't arseholes obviously).
  • itsamemarcus 3 May 2019 14:26:59 57 posts
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    @DaM I currently work in Business Intelligence - fancy title for nothing really. I've been implementing new systems - financial, CRM and stock control.

    I'm looking to go back into schools, which is something I always really enjoyed, but kind of had a crisis of confidence about before.
  • Dougs 3 May 2019 14:29:05 90,274 posts
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    Look for TA work, which will give you the confidence to move into teaching eventually then. Although the pay is utter bobbins
  • itsamemarcus 3 May 2019 14:37:41 57 posts
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    @Dougs I worked as an AT before my PGCE and absolutely loved it, but you're right the pay is rubbish and they're massively underappreciated. A good AT/TA is beyond useful.

    If the pay was better I would happily work as an AT again.
  • Dougs 3 May 2019 14:44:02 90,274 posts
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    Yeah, my wife works as a TA because it fits in with the kids (and frankly, there's virtually nothing else where we live) and it's a hugely underappreciated job. All teachers know they can't do without them, yet the role is vastly underpaid. My wife does HLTA a few days a week and it's just teaching on the cheap. She doesn't want to teach FT though, can't stand the workload and politics. At least this way she gets to help kids without (as much of) the hassle.
  • GuybrushFreepwood 3 May 2019 14:45:11 1,267 posts
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    My wife's a TA and loves it. She's studying for level 3 at the moment. Unlikely to go into teaching though as all the teachers we know tell her to avoid it like the plague.

    She's also working a a legal secretary. That seems like a line of work which is crying out for people. I'm thinking of chucking in project management and retraining on the legal side.

    But if my dad is anything to go by, you did the right thing resigning. Working for my dad would have destroyed me.
  • itsamemarcus 3 May 2019 14:58:12 57 posts
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    GuybrushFreepwood - yeah, part of the reason I had the crisis in confidence before was the workload and the politics. And actually, I felt I was able to make more of a difference as an AT - more one-on-one time with the students etc.

    Dougs - does your wife do the legal secretary work in the breaks? One of the things that has prevented we doing this sooner is the large drop in pay, but summer work etc. would enable me to make some of that up. Things like NCS really appeal to me.

    I've never had the best relationship with my Dad, as he's just so unemotional and not very compassionate, but working here has caused me to really start disliking him.
  • GuybrushFreepwood 3 May 2019 15:09:25 1,267 posts
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    Its my wife that does the legal secretary work.

    She started doing that through a temp agency that fit the hours around her teaching commitments. She's going to make a decision when she's completed level 3 as to whether she wants to keep just one of them going as she's hardly anytime to herself (I know that feeling!) and we've got kids. She's not a full time TA at the moment so she's able to do both at the same time at the moment.
  • Dougs 3 May 2019 15:13:17 90,274 posts
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    Nah, my wife looks after the kids in the break. Although it's definitely not a holiday, daren't call it that!
  • itsamemarcus 3 May 2019 15:13:47 57 posts
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    @GuybrushFreepwood apologies, it seems I replied to them in the wrong order.

    I worked two jobs in the lead up to Christmas and know how demanding that can be and that's without kids so I take my hat off to her. I actually loved working as a Christmas temp in Game, but I can't say that's underpaid since my colleagues literally did nothing.

    My nephew is 18 months now so I take my hat off to anyone with kids.
  • itsamemarcus 3 May 2019 15:15:37 57 posts
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    @Dougs Haha, it was always a bugbear of mine whenever people assumed you got 12 weeks holiday a year... If you manage your time well and plan well in advance then you do get a lot of time off, but it requires a lot of preparation and long hours during term-time.
  • Darth_Flibble 21 May 2019 18:48:52 3,603 posts
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    Got made redundant back in feb and its been shit trying to find a new designer role. Recently had quite a few interviews (one I nearly got but they used the fact I designed magazines not text heavy booklets) Its really getting me down, although I try not to

    What really annoys me is recruitment agencies putting up jobs and they tend to be fucking bullshit, they just want your CV. Applied for one this morning about 8am and at 9am I had a email saying "not going to take your application further" despite the fact I live nearby and tick all the fucking boxes for skills and experience. I tried to phone him and his "PA" said he was on "conference call". Its not the first time I have deal with these really dodgy recruitment agencies. Seen recruitment agencies complaining on linkedin how other RA give them a bad name. Sure some are just collecting contact info to sell. Cunts

    As people have graduated from University now, its all junior designers I've noticed.Saw one today £18,000 for working in London and you need 2 years experience in an agency!
    Nothing is going to change till late august/September
  • Trowel 21 May 2019 19:46:24 22,650 posts
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    Sorry to hear that. My recent experience with agencies has also been mixed at best - some proactive, others talk a good game but are then impossible to get hold of. Espceially frustrating for you if you're not even getting feedback on why they think you're not suited to a role - it should be in their interest to place you after all! When I was made redundant my first port of call was the specialist agencies thinking they'd get me straight into something, but I've found them the hardest to deal with - unexpectedly my best experiences have been with the larger general agencies, e.g. Hays were straight on the ball with something suitable; may just be a training thing, may be different reward models.
  • Khanivor 21 May 2019 19:50:53 44,105 posts
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    Thought Iíd come in here and cheer people up;

    In addition to being unemployed with literally no savings whatsoever to fall back on I crashed my car yesterday. Fucked up the passenger wheel, broke everything there that could break. No insurance either.

    So yeah, things can always be worse. At least no one was hurt
  • thelzdking 21 May 2019 20:08:46 9,524 posts
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    Not good man. Are you okay?
  • Darth_Flibble 21 May 2019 20:12:00 3,603 posts
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    Say to hear that Khanivor
  • Khanivor 21 May 2019 20:13:02 44,105 posts
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    thelzdking wrote:
    Not good man. Are you okay?
    Other than living in the US without a car, Iím fine, thanks.
  • challenge_hanukkah 21 May 2019 20:14:53 11,157 posts
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    Crowd fund a nice 2nd hand Saab?
  • Khanivor 21 May 2019 21:42:39 44,105 posts
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    challenge_hanukkah wrote:
    Crowd fund a nice 2nd hand Saab?
    Gave it thought actually but not sure I want to hit up my friends on Facebook for that. But it may come to it.

    Thing is, in the states crowdfunding for life troubles is pretty much defined by medical bills. Asking for help because you were a careless fuckwit on the road doesnít quite get up there with cancer of the bollocks.
  • nickthegun 21 May 2019 21:50:06 78,566 posts
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    And I don't know how it works in America but if someone hit me up with a gofundme for a car after driving without insurance, the only thing I'd donate is my middle finger.

    That's the kind of thing only TH14 would chip in for.

    Edited by nickthegun at 21:51:19 21-05-2019
  • nickthegun 21 May 2019 21:50:30 78,566 posts
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    So drop him a PM
  • nickthegun 21 May 2019 21:50:40 78,566 posts
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    Oh...
  • Khanivor 21 May 2019 22:19:27 44,105 posts
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    When you ainít got income the $200 a month car insurance was not something I could afford.

    But yeah, another reason to not go that route.

    Edited by Khanivor at 22:21:57 21-05-2019
  • nickthegun 21 May 2019 22:40:16 78,566 posts
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    Is car insurance generally that much in the states or is this not your first write off?
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