12:21. I’ve just finished my morning Zoom session with a local work/jobs program. I completely lucked out. Not long after arriving back in my home country, I ached to find a “real” job during the hours the kids are in school. I was walking down the main street of one of the local small towns, and saw the employment office. They were closed due to Covid of course, but there were people inside and I knocked on the door. A masked man greeted me and gave the information of how to sign up online. I did all that and a few months later I am not yet employed but enrolled in a course that has, surprise of all surprises, actually paid me to take part in it. And the other participants also. Which I did not know about until after I had agreed to do the course.
“Um, I’m not really sure I should be eligible for this program? I have this and this and this.”
“We think you are a good fit for the program.”
“But what if I just want to apply for a job right now?”
“You can if you want to, but we suggest the longer more methodical route. Job satisfaction may be higher in the end.”
“Ok. Well if this is what you recommend, I guess I’ll go with that.”
“Great! So by the way as part of the program you will get a free laptop, headset and mouse. And if you already have a computer, that’s okay; you can just keep it anyway, or give it away.”
“Also, you will get free food vouchers every week if you attend classes on time. And we will pay you per session.”
*(all quotes are approximate, obvs)
I was a bit skeptical of it at first, and definitely feeling not worthy (cue Bill and Ted’s excellent adventure) but now I look forward to each “class.” It’s a chance to see and meet likeminded people in my community face to face, even if not in person. And in the process, I’m learning how to use online meeting rooms for business. Which will be a big plus in any future job milieu. There are many self-discovery and development exercises to do, and basically the group is as close to a “real-life” career-options support group as I’ve ever gotten in my life.
Wouldn’t it be great if we all got this? I don’t know how I get so lucky sometimes… just have to knock on the right door at the right time maybe.
I’m trying to not feel guilty. To alleviate some of my inevitable guilt, I will attempt to blog about it a little, and maybe share some of the exercises/info, as and if they seem helpful. For privacy reasons (not just mine, but of others also) the info will be general.
Dear friends, thanks for being such an awesome online writer-support group the past couple of years. I know I’ve written some strange things, to say the least, and you’ve all been champs about it. I’ll never forget that. It’s been a good growing experience.
I know I haven’t been reading as much online lately, it’s just been prioritizing time and all. I do hope to visit here and there as soon as possible. Lots of love to you in the meanwhile.
Stay creative, stay positive, stay free. And remember the Serenity Prayer:
“…grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference.”