It’s Not the End of the World

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In April of 2009 I quit my job as a legal assistant for a work at home job….and it didn’t work out….my “employer” ended up not having the ability to pay me when his financial backing backed out. I hadn’t been out of work a day in my life since I started working and I didn’t know what to do, where my next rent payment would come from and how on earth I was going to feed the family on one salary when we’d been barely making it on two.

This is not the first time I’ve dealt with a life changing circumstance.

First, I told myself, be positive. I said self, “I have always been employed, it stands to reason that I am a reliable, important employee and someone needs me or I’d have been out of work a little more often.”

It was scary, eye opening and now that I look back without my rose colored glasses – I should’ve known better than to make an emotional decision. At the heart of the whole thing, I hated my job and it wasn’t the job, it was my boss. He had a way of making you feel like the smartest dumbass on the block and he was the only one that could bring the genius out. I had to part ways with that man and I took the first train out. If I had thought it through more, I would have realized that making that jump was a bad idea.

Suddenly, two weeks after my 30th birthday, I realized I didn’t have a paycheck coming and made the first of what I expected to be a few phone calls to borrow money until I got a job, from my family. I was very fortunate that I had someone that I could call, then I touched up my resume, which I’d been doing for a while anyways so there wasn’t much to be done there, and then I started scouring the area for jobs.

I was scared of what would happen, uncertain of our future and not sure how long it would be until I found another job, let’s face it, they’re not in the plentiful supply that some of us have been used to in other times. I found a job though, and it happened quicker than I expected, I have a large skillset to offer as well reliability, accountability and consistency. My resume speaks for me and I can interview pretty well most of the time.

“When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.” -Henry Kaiser 1882 – 1967

It wasn’t the end of the world, as with most trials that we face in life, it was scary but I survived. Hardships in life present themselves for two reasons, you bring it on yourself with a bad decision, or you have an external influence that screws the pooch, the pooch being you.

Ultimately, you have two choices in facing it, play the victim and feel sorry for yourself or formulate a plan and take action to solve the problem. It’s up to you, but know this….a bad situation doesn’t have to be the end of the world.

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The Salary is WHAT??

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This is a random post in a forum, not mentioned here by someone frustrated….

Just have to vent about the current state of the economy. I have been unemployed since being laid off last year. I have applied to do everything, but it sickens me what people are paying us desperate people who have to put food on the table. It’s really sad that our time is worth so little !!!

I worked an hour at QT the other day and made $1.88 (I’m fast). I worked an hour at CC and made $1.92 transcribing. That means I would have to work about 315 hours just to make my rent payment. (while ignoring my kids, housework, and lets not forget my own life) That’s 78 hours per week and that’s only rent.

I am a certified teacher and applied to teach and received once response from a company paying the following:

$10.00 for BAs

$11.00 for MAs

$12 for PhDs

Did you ever imagine when you went to college that your would be happy to take such a wage? Imagine…. $12 per hour for a PdD !!!!! How sick is that ????

People are now working several of these ridiculous jobs just to eat. (and they are still eating rice and peanut butter). We have NO extras in our home, rent, power, and that’s it. The phone is out and the I’m using my neighbor’s Internet via wireless.

I am just shocked that things are so bad that people are scrambling for jobs that pay them so little. It’s amazing! I think it would be better for people to do nothing on welfare than stare at a computer screen for under $2.00 per hour. Even if it’s just extra money…isn’t a person’s time worth more than that ????

I think it’s very demeaning!

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Going to College During a Recession

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With the economy in bad shape and people out of work there are more and more people turning to the internet to find something to do there to make a living. For some, this is a successful endeavor with minimal overhead. For others this just isn’t going to work. Let’s face it, we’re not all cut out to do marketing, blogging, or make videos, some of us are best at the jobs available and needed in the real world.

For those of us that do well in a real world setting, being unemployed during a recession can be devastating or it can be an opportunity. What better time to earn a degree than now? If you do a little research you’ll see what kind of jobs will be around in the future, at least as long as your career might last, and obtain a degree in something enduring while the economy picks itself back up and begins to function normally again.

You can obtain a college education and devote time and energy to learning a new, enduring career field instead of sitting at home collecting unemployment scanning the job listings for what you used to do. This is the perfect time to discover the careers that will be around for the next 100 years and keep from trying to find a job that may not have as many slots to fill because of new technology and the evolution of how the world does business.

If you’re unemployed, or even if you’re not and you think you want a career change, the first thing you should do is fill out and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Then you should start researching schools in your area and degree programs to find out which school will have the program of study that you will want to follow. Once you’ve picked a few schools that you’re seriously considering attending, log back into your Financial Aid application and ad those schools to where you want your financial aid information sent.

The next step is to apply for admission to the colleges you are considering. You can typically call the school admissions office and get information, sometimes you can get onto the school’s website and have them send you an information packet that gives you more information about their school and typically includes a catalog of classes and degree plans.

Until recently I’ve thought for a long time that web design is what I wanted to do with my time and energy, and a degree, now I’m not so sure. I find I’m a bit more interested in the creative side of things, the writing that you see and not so much the back end creation of a website. I’ve set MouthyGirl up and been running it problem free long enough that I think this is the extent of web construction knowledge I’ll need, at least for the time being.

I’m 30 now and realizing my time is short on this earth, I want to do something fulfilling. I’ve more research to do, but so do you if you want to go back to school.

So what do you think, is this a good time to go back to school? Are you interested in gonig back to school? What would you major in if given the opportunity?

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Unemployed

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Well everyone, the job I thought I had secured that I was ever so excited about.. well.. let’s just say pipe dreams are made for going up in smoke.

I feel like the biggest dumbass on the planet for falling for it. Ladies and Gentlemen this is what happens when you go with emotion rather than listening to your gut feelings. I wanted to work at home so badly that I ignored my gut and went with it. Like an idiot, now I have egg on my face and bills coming due that I don’t have the money to pay.

I am a working person. I have never been one of those who didn’t want to work, I want to contribute, fuck that, I need to contribute. I was a single mother before J, this is not an acceptable situation for me to be in. To my mind I’m a loser for having the title Unemployed.

I never thought I’d see the day where I’d say I don’t have gainful employment.

Pray for my sanity folks.

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