What have I achieved this week?
Since my last construction crew update I actually feel rather proud of myself as far as progress and productivity goes in the hunt for employment, education and just finding my feet in general – especially considering the amount of emotional rubbish last week. It’s a long one (oi oi) this week but shhh…just skim and tell me you’re proud at the end. I wouldn’t know the difference 😉
Interviews: I had my interview last Monday and got a call back within an hour of getting home asking to meet again (today) for an informal chat to discuss responsibilities and hours etc so hopefully that’s gone well and I could have a job by the end of the day…
Its care work -including occasional personal care which I have never done professionally before but I have a bit of experience from family life etc. I was honest with her, it was quite a relaxed interview and told her its possible I would pull weird faces when presented with situations but to just ignore my face and to know that its through me being a little squeamish rather than me being disgusted etc – she laughed.
Regardless of comments like that from me I did get the call back so I must have done something right 🙂
I am a little worried about offending her though, I haven’t really much experience of working with or just being around disabled people in general – see I don’t even know if that’s the right term to use I’m sure I will learn quite quickly what’s acceptable and what’s not – of course I would never say anything purposely negative or hurtful I’m just not sure of what is ‘politically correct’ I suppose or socially acceptable…maybe someone could give me a dos and don’ts for working with someone with a disability?
Apprenticeship: At the job fair last weekend there was some information about apprenticeships. I love learning, I love the idea of gaining certificates at the end of something…If only we could get one for learning LIFE lessons lol. Anyway, I looked them up, applied for one and then withdrew my application in less than 24 hours.
The idea of gaining qualifications AND experience AND getting paid for it is amazing BUT the hours were more than full time and the pay was minimal… I had to do some soul searching but came to the conclusion that if I were working those hours…I would rather get paid fully for it. The apprenticeship was for something I could do easily – I just don’t have the qualification to add to my CV. I figured if I wanted a job in that industry THAT much I could always do an online course for the sake of a certificate and simultaneously earn a reasonable wage elsewhere.
Applications: There is one other job which I really want to hear back from, its an easy one and its close to home but their closing date for applications is another week or 2 away so only time will tell. I’ve continued sending others out, just to cover my back I suppose and keep my options open…go me! 🙂
Blogging schedule: Seems to be helping me feel a little less swamped. I’m not sticking to it religiously but its always in the back of my mind as a guideline for where I should be at throughout the week.
Online Courses: Again at the job fair there was info about free online courses, training and help with CV writing. I signed up for a call back and on Wednesday went in to have a chat with the guy about what I could do. He polished my CV for me there and then, adding bits, rewording and just tweaking bits here and there – massive weight lifted! I had slogged over that CV for ages, worrying about what I need in there and what I don’t need and within an hour it was done (and he didn’t change that much either which boosted my confidence a little)
Unfortunately it turns out I am too old to be eligible for any of the (free) courses….(ouch!) but I’ve put my name down for a first aid training course in a few months (which is free…free free free I know but if you can get it for nothing then why not?) Regardless I got my CV done (yes for free lol) and got to have a nice chat with the guy (wink wink) so it definitely wasn’t a wasted trip 🙂
Crew members: Still trying to get round as many of you as possible as often as I can
Boxes: So far I have sorted maybe 5 out of maybe 13 boxes; I managed to whittle some stuff down but the rest had stuff that simply needs to be kept out there -like my husbands snowboard and the little shoe clip things etc. I did, however find a big box of painting goodies which gave me an instant boner! (lol) so maybe this weekend I will sit in the garden (if its still nice) and get creative…and messy! Yay!
Dentist: hasn’t happened… it will though
Dentist: Yeah right! Its not happened, the appointment is no where near close to being made but I WILL do it…which brings me on to this weeks goals 9cheating a little bit really but…shhh lol)
Goals for this week
- MAKE THAT DENTIST APPOINTMENT!!!
- Finish sorting those boxes
- Focus on my HOME…its not a mess per say but it could do with a bit of a sort out
As always dont forget to check out the other crew members 🙂 (I have probably left out a few people so apologies if ive missed you – feel free to leave a link below )
Green Embers: http://greenembers.wordpress.com
Mohamed Ossama http://moossama88.wordpress.com/
Wyndy Dee http://wyndydee.wordpress.com/
Charles Yallowitz http://legendsofwindemere.com/
Helen Valentina http://helenvalentina.com/
Ionia Martin http://readfulthingsblog.com/
life on wry http://lifeonwry.com/
Destiny Allison http://shapingdestinythebook.com/
Stacey Corbett http://scorbiegyptianabs.blogspot.com/
Pamela Beckford http://pamela984.wordpress.com/
Kori Miller http://korimiller.wordpress.com/
Gwen Bristol http://gwenbristol.com/
John W Howell http://johnwhowell.com/
Elizabeth Cook http://serialoutlet.wordpress.com/
Olivia Stocum http://www.theclaymoreandsurcoat.com
Kimberly (words4jp) http://words4jp.wordpress.com
Tracey Ambrose http://traceyambrose.wordpress.com
Annabel Lee http://freedomandindependence.wordpress.com