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How do you deal with unemployment?

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Mangostrawberry Tue 26-Sep-17 08:07:41

I've never been in this situation before and am finding it awful. I feel useless and as the days and weeks stretch by I am finding myself sliding into depression.

YBR Tue 26-Sep-17 08:14:49

I feel fortunate that I've not been there fore long periods yet, but this is my guess:
Get yourself a routine somehow. Perhaps volunteering, perhaps something self-imposed (set definite hours for job hunting, housework, getting out somewhere).

flumpybear Tue 26-Sep-17 08:16:43

I've always got myself a temp job then found something from there - often there's little to do whilst admin temping so use the time to find a job

Do you live near a u university ? Always lots of wide ranging jobs there - what's your field?

EastMidsGPs Tue 26-Sep-17 08:16:58

Same here. Was made redundant in July have never not worked.
I drifted for a bit and slept a lot ! But am certainly feeling aimless as worked in education and this would have need a very busy time for me. I have gone from a daily multiple decision maker into someone who cannot decide what to have fir breakfast.
I unashamedly vegged but was heading towards feeling depressed so these last couple of months have:

Made sure I go for a walk each day

Do a daily relaxation exercise from YouTube

Have started an OU free short course

Signed up to volunteer at a local heritage site ( apparently a waiting list)

Have sort of looked for jobs but not actively. Now planning to sign for a local agency.

Set myself achievable daily and weekly targets. My situation has been skewed by my mum becoming I'll over the summer - she seems to have numerous health appointments she cannot attend alone !

Good luck, it is hard.

Mangostrawberry Tue 26-Sep-17 08:17:45

It's hard. I am working, after a fashion, some evenings. I hate it. Hate spending days alone then going out to work when everyone else is coming back. I am a supply teacher but as September draws to an end with the grand total of one day working - and that was at cover supervisor rates, even though I had to actually teach - I am thinking this is not the answer!

BitchQueen90 Tue 26-Sep-17 08:40:17

Volunteer. Keep active - I used to go to the gym every day. Deep clean at home. Study.

Mangostrawberry Tue 26-Sep-17 08:43:45

The problem is, I can't commit to any sort of volunteering during the day in case that IS indeed the day I get a phone call for some work! Going to the gym depresses me even more and I am already depressed grin

EastMidsGPs Tue 26-Sep-17 08:44:44

I've pulled in all my networks ... so might have chance of work I want to do come January, if days are getting you down, please try some volunteer work.

EastMidsGPs Tue 26-Sep-17 08:45:19

Oops just read your post

Sadik Tue 26-Sep-17 08:56:47

A friend who can't commit (similar sorts of reasons) does informal 'volunteering' looking after another friends ds (who has sn) to give her a break a couple of times a week. Because both know the position if she rings to cancel/rearrange at short notice that's fine. If you knew any overstretched carers could you do something like that?

Mangostrawberry Tue 26-Sep-17 09:23:33

I don't, no.

It is partly lack of something to do/structure but mainly obviously is the increasing pressure on finances.

RunningOutOfCharge Tue 26-Sep-17 09:26:25

I am a supply teacher

Yes, but if you are unemployed you are no longer a supply teacher. Lots of other jobs out there you can’t just sit around waiting for a supply teaching job to come to you.

RunningOutOfCharge Tue 26-Sep-17 09:27:24

Lots of places now hiring for busy Christmas period. Might get something permanent off the back of a seasonal job

Mangostrawberry Tue 26-Sep-17 09:31:09

No, well I'm not, really smile I work evenings and weekends for some money. It's awful but needs must.

However, I can earn more from two days supply than a full week of work at minimum wage. It makes sense to hang in there for a bit.

RunningOutOfCharge Tue 26-Sep-17 09:32:25

Minimum wage?

Where? I didn’t mention minimum wage....,

Mangostrawberry Tue 26-Sep-17 09:34:13

That's what I am on evenings and weekends.

RunningOutOfCharge Tue 26-Sep-17 09:49:29


Well as I said, plenty of places advertising now for help over Christmas

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