From one end of the emotional scale to the other, I have been offered a job. I start Tuesday.
For the past four weeks or so, the DWP have been making my life a misery.
I think if you know me, you'd agree I adopt a pretty diligent and structured approach to my job search. For example, I've not applied for any jobs as an ice skating instructor or trainiee arms dealer to pad out my jobsearch file I have to present when I sign on. In fact, last week when I had an irregular job centre appointment a week and a half into a fortnight's jobsearch, I presented 30+ bona fide applications.
Not good enough I was told. In addition to my job search, which is usually the first thing I do when I switch the laptop on in a morning, I was told I had to send three speculative letters a week and phone companies making enquiries too.
Also, I was being put on community work placement (similar to workfare like they have in the US). I've an appointment tomorrow where I will be in a group session and be told what to expect on workfare. Yes, I still have to attend I was told when I phoned the DWP (Department for Wilful Persecution), or my benefits will be penalised.
So, instead of getting my bus pass sorted and my repeat prescription, I have to waste an hour of my life listening to stuff which no longer applies to me.
The DWP, no commonsense, no flexibility and certainly no tangible help or encouragement to get a job, just punitive measures and penalties levied against you if you don't.
I'll tell you a little more about the new job maybe after I start. It's odd really, because I applied for a Health & Safety potision which I discovered I lack the certification to do, but I was then asked if I felt my experience was such I would like to do this job in IT instead.
I went along for an interview on Monday, which I half fluffed due to nerves. As I do for any meeting, I was well prepped , and I think that helped.
I shall spend this bank holiday weekend trying to calm myself down and stay level headed. Ironing shirts and stuff comes into the equation with mission start 9am Tuesday.