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Old 03-30-2018, 03:42 PM
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Finding a job

Iím new in recovery but Iím not. Iíve been an alcoholic for ten+ years (age 28). Been sober a bit. Have never really had a job but applying for some, donít know how to cover the gaps in my employment (canít really say Iím an alcoholic as most people look down on that). I have a good education went to university (masters psychology, uk) and part through medical school but was laid off because of my drinking. Donít want to go back to medicine. Would take any job but they want experience it would be good to move forward in my recovery, but I donít have any experience apart from universities because I have been pissed half of my life. Thereís no volunteering opportunities where Iím from apart from charity shops. I also have quite bad social anxiety so I am not exactly the biggest people person but can warm up after a while. I am on unemployment benefit which hardly pays everything I need a week living on my own and would like something just to get busy with and to give me a little to spend on computer games etc. Nothing extravagant. The boredom is the worst for me I hate being bored thereís only so much judge Judy I can watch.
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Old 03-30-2018, 03:55 PM
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you might be surprised how much volunteering there is around you, it's not always advertised very obviously. have a look here:

https://do-it.org/

if you don't have much/any work experience then you may have to start with something that provides on-the-job training - cleaning, shelf-stacking, etc. do that for a while to prove to future employers that you can turn up to a job on time & do a day's work reliably & then you'll probably find that more opportunities will open up for you. you may decide after working minimum-wage for a while that maybe you do want to make some use of your education after all

if you're signing on, surely the Job Center can help you find interviews, training, etc? don't you have to be applying for a certain number of jobs a week to keep receiving JSA (or whatever it's called).
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Old 03-30-2018, 04:08 PM
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Iíll look at that website. Iím on ESA not JSA so can lie in my bed all day if I want to because I donít have to go to a job centre (because Iím medically unfit), I used to be on JSA. That was crap.
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I like Andy's suggestion. Got to be better than lying around all day.
It looks good on a CV too.

Best wishes in the job search James

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Hi James,

Andy's suggestion is a good one. You may also want to talk to a headhunter, they might be able to help you with your resume, and job search, and also have some ideas on how to address the gaps in employment.
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Old 03-31-2018, 03:25 AM
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James, your situation and age pretty much mirrors my son's. He too has a masters degree but has struggled with drink/drugs and anxiety since he was a teenager. Gaps in employment aren't that bad and on written applications you can be vague about them; it's only if/when you get an interview you might be quizzed a bit more. I'm not suggesting you lie but there are lots of ways of explaining gaps without being too specific ('health problems', travelling, etc.).

The other thing to remember is that the UK job market is quite good for employees at the moment and if you're not too fussy and/or happy to work via an agency there are a lot of jobs about. These agencies aren't too fussy about your history (some types of criminal convictions and/or inability to pass a DPS check excepted) and are more concerned with whether you'll stick it out long enough for them to get their fee. An example is parcel delivery - you'll walk into any number of multi drop parcel jobs is you have a driving licence. My son has done this a few times and now works in a plastics factory - boring shift work but relatively well paid.

Once you have a job and some employment history, moving onwards and upwards gets easier.

If you want any more detailed help feel free to PM me.
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Old 03-31-2018, 03:45 AM
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Originally Posted by andyh View Post
you might be surprised how much volunteering there is around you, it's not always advertised very obviously. have a look here:

https://do-it.org/

if you don't have much/any work experience then you may have to start with something that provides on-the-job training - cleaning, shelf-stacking, etc. do that for a while to prove to future employers that you can turn up to a job on time & do a day's work reliably & then you'll probably find that more opportunities will open up for you. you may decide after working minimum-wage for a while that maybe you do want to make some use of your education after all

if you're signing on, surely the Job Center can help you find interviews, training, etc? don't you have to be applying for a certain number of jobs a week to keep receiving JSA (or whatever it's called).
That site is amazing!

I'd have said the same as the OP re volunteering opportunities near me, but actually LOADS came up. Who'd have thought?!
The National Trust site also have some interesting volunteer opportunities sometimes.

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Old 03-31-2018, 07:21 AM
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Went on that do-it website a lot not for me but 30 in my local area. Iíve applied for some waiting to hear back. Mainly in health roles and animals.
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Old 03-31-2018, 07:28 AM
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good stuff James, hope you're able to get something that interests you
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Old 03-31-2018, 09:06 PM
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I met a couple guys at an AA meeting last year kinda in your same position(minus the degree) and they were 'working' officiating kids and adult recreational sporting games(soccer,softball/baseball,ect). I want to say it was like $50USD per game/match they were paid and sometimes they'd have 4 a day/night. Obviously that'd vary by location I'm sure. Just a thought..
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