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Quixo Tue 11-Feb-14 22:29:20

I would really appreciate any help and advice in helping me figure out what sort of job I could do. I am stuck indeed.
I have done a fair variety of different jobs and do not feel I could return to any of these in any long term capacity.
Here's what I have done: Retail (supermarket, on tills), Food (kitchen work, waitressing and assistant managing), Office (basic administrative work, tele-sales, call centre and a little website building), Volunteering, (St John Ambulance and a couple of other local charities) and a Teacher (HOD for one year, my NQT year!) I left to have DS2 and decided not to return. I have a first class degree, no A levels to speak of but some good GCSE'S. No other formal quals though.

My problem feels to me to be I get depressed very easily and find circumstance and environmental factors play a huge part so want to avoid work that makes me feel stupid, crushed or is performance related/commission based.
I have a history of depression and have been hospitalised on two occasions. This cannot happen again, not with two children. I don't think I can go back to teaching, by the end I was barely holding back panic attacks and on one occasion towards the end did actually leave and my husband had to pick me up. I know I will shut down within a few months of
being back, HOD or not.

We are moving to be nearer family in a few months and my eldest will be starting school in september. Family are eager to help with childcare so could potentially leave ds2 with them and work full time.

I like manual work but won't be able to fund re-training or apprenticeships. My latest thoughts led me to Cinema Projectionist (too much training though) or in a library. Oh and I'm 34 so no graduate schemes for me either.
Hit me with your knowledge mumsnet - what sort of jobs are out there? Thanks in advance smile

Roshbegosh Tue 11-Feb-14 22:34:55

Are you completely off working in a school environment? Could you be a support worker or mentor, or a teaching assistant? What about something in healthcare? Are you looking for something where you don't have to work with a group, or with the public?

Quixo Tue 11-Feb-14 23:13:40

Thanks for such a fast reply. I have thought about TA work but it's a different job essentially, and I may not be as qualified as you'd think. I'd probably get an interview but again am not sure i've the balls to be in a classroom environment again. Healthcare, yes. It's a good suggestion. I applied for an nhs job as a HCA, got an email back saying I need relevant experience and not to contact them for 6 months. I was cross. No allowance for any transferable skills at all. Have another 5 months to wait before i'm allowed to apply for another nhs job...
Currently unable to get experience but also had concerns the work may require a lot of smiling and upbeatness. You're a bit right about not wanting too much group and public facing work. I struggle with it. The teaching was as exhausting to me as climbing a miuntain.
but thank you a lot for what you've suggested. smile

Roshbegosh Wed 12-Feb-14 08:00:09

What about an admin job, maybe for a small charity? Could you be an editor for MN? There must be something out there with all your skills and experience.

callamia Wed 12-Feb-14 08:09:53

Is your degree in education? A first class degree puts you in a good position for graduate-level jobs.

What would really interest you? Many jobs have the capacity to be stressful - but think about what you do want, and what you could realistically manage. Perhaps an admin assistant role might be a start? Did you like the admin work you did previously?

Would you consider temping as a route to trialling out some different positions?

Quixo Thu 13-Feb-14 19:51:02

Thanks for your suggestions...
I have tried temping, although felt very pushed to stay in the job, rather than move on. So I did, and it was a disaster. I am not overly keen on admin, but it would depend on the organisation quite a lot I think. If I was a cog in the big greedy wheel of something like an insurance company, I would be miserable, but maybe something like a charity would make more sense. Not sure I would want to work for mumsnet though, no offence!
What jobs are you treated like a responsible grown up person, one who can be trusted to do the work regardless of how skilled/unskilled it is? My school trusted me, but I don't think I can say the same for any other employer I have had.

MonstersBalls Fri 14-Feb-14 14:20:12

How about private tutoring? It is teaching but you're more in control.

MRLAUSWARRINGTON Mon 17-Feb-14 09:55:20

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StealthPolarBear Mon 17-Feb-14 10:00:59

University admin work? I have no experience of this but might be worth looking into

Quixo Mon 17-Feb-14 10:55:43

MonstersBalls - that does seem like a very good suggestion, but my subject isn't really one that would require a home tutor under most circumstances. However, whilst I would not rule it out entirely, it could never be a main job. There just wouldn't be enough work.

StealthPolarBear - this is what my DH suggested too...

I wonder what the deleted message said? If I'd logged in a little earlier I would have caught it before it was deleted!

StealthPolarBear Mon 17-Feb-14 11:22:06

I reported as spam. Ad for restaurant work somewhere in the nw!

StealthPolarBear Mon 17-Feb-14 11:22:38

And sorry just seen you say yourd not keen on admin work

Kikithecat Mon 17-Feb-14 12:15:02

I was going to suggest tutoring too. My dh did after being made redundant and makes a fairly good living.

Quixo Mon 17-Feb-14 12:48:17

Don't be sorry PolarBear. It's not the admin work so much that I am not keen on, it's more the office environment full of misogynists, bullies, shit-stirrers and petty folk (from my experience, I am certain there are many exceptions and would be keen to know respectable work places). I like to be trusted enough to do the job I am being paid for, not feel like everyday I have to justify my existence and 'out-do' colleagues, etc etc.

Good one for reporting the spam. It's irritating indeed.

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