The older you get the harder it is to find employment, or so it seems to most of us who are over 35yrs old. There is no point in speculating about why you are unemployed at 35yrs old, it makes no difference to your future so forget about dwelling on what could or would have been.
Now we do have that out of the way I have a story to share, this story made me question, “Is there any hope left”?
I will keep it as short as possible I promise, as it goes I have the qualifications that are good enough to find a well paid job that would suffice for most. I have learned and mastered many skills and new trades along the way, most of which did not need a good educational background.
Therefore, before I had my children my career was not an issue, as far as I was concerned, my future was in the bag! However, I did not plan on falling in love, getting married and having four children (who are my whole world). After my third child, I had to quit my job at the tax office, due to family ties and a financial nightmare.
After my fourth and final child and a bitter divorce, I was living on benefits and going nowhere fast, this was not what I wanted my life to be. So I arranged an appointment at my local job centre (you know the government run job centre) to ask for help at the very least a point in the right direction.
You see” I was at the time self teaching web design, and that was going well considering the fact that four children can be a full time job. I am not complaining I love my family very much, my children are the reason I decided to learn a new skill.
I could work from home in my own time, keep my family routine working, and most importantly, I was showing my children that it is not ok to settle for less they are so much more. They will have more than I have and be greater than I am and it is ok to reach out as far as they feel they can.
Back at the job centre I was waiting to see my advisor, I had a lot of hope and believed I was going to walk away from there one-step closer to finishing my web design course with a positive outlook.
Well! I can tell you right now I left the job centre feeling rather disappointed and a little shocked if I am honest. Here is why? The advisor that I spoke to for almost 3 hours had nothing to offer me at all, I’m not talking jobs here, forget that I’m talking about information on courses or apprenticeship schemes of some shape or form.
I sat with the advisor who to say the least was stunned herself at the fact she could not help me at all, the best course they could send me on was, “how to apply for a job” what a joke.
I believe that if the government run employment office cannot help you what is the point of them being there, to be honest there are a few that work there who have looked down there nose at me or spoken to me like I am an unintelligent and uneducated idiot that cannot read or write.
More fool them as one of the advisors got some polite information from me, simply explaining that if she took the time to look at my file she would see that I was more qualified than she was to do her job. Yep! THAT SHUT HER UP! It is a shame that I had to defend my own intelligence to someone who is power tripping thinking they are all of that! #
So I ask is there any hope left?
I say yes, there is hope in you!