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Monday, 6 June 2016

Meanwhile in the Real World

The huge question this week was whether i would be paid this week , did I get paid? Sort of , the payment didnt even cover the cost of doing the extra work , after the bank took their share  I was left with nothing and quite a few things outstanding that need paying ..ho hum whats new . But its only 4 weeks till the next payday and im flat out for the company that pays me eventually at the proper rate , so they will all have to squeal for their money . Thats the cascading fact of self employment , its not till the top of the pile gets paid that us folk on the bottom rung get paid our share , it happens all the time . Mr Bah Humbug has pointed out that taking more of the same work isnt worth doing . Meanwhile I will continue on with the endless applications for other employment it would be nice if anyone ever replied or acknowledged me . Its been pointed out that my qualifications are all useless these days , it seems that o levels are redundant, unless you have NVQs you cant even get a job as a carer they also require  a 10 year checkable work history , somewhat difficult when youve been self employed for years , i did laugh when I realised that every employer I have worked for has now liquidated , the one that provides my current workload refuses to give references to anyone so thats me  buggered. I do have a couple of NVQs but they are in mechanical engineering ..lol, ive had a rich and varied career path over the years .
In fact I talked to a lovely sympathetic lady on the job center helpline who said in more polite terms that im up shit creek without a paddle , because im self employed i cant pack up work unless im declared bankrupt even if its costing me money doing the job , its unlikely  that i would find employment because of my age ..ffs im 52 thats 14 years till i can retire . But because I need some more years of employment to qualify for a full state pension I need to return to employment or sit on my bum while the Job Center pays my stamp . She suggested taking up voluntary work !!
Tempting , if I could afford it , Im sure the Citizens Advice Bureau would take me , I could deal with energy matters .
I once got offered a job with EnergyWatch the ombudsman lots of years ago ..lol I would imagine im now to old for that as well , in fact I might inquire !!
Sorry for the winge , life is really getting me down at the moment .

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  1. If you can't winge on your own blog where can you...I thought the job centre staff were employed to help you get employment or at least get some retraining if your qualifications are out of date. It makes you wonder what they are getting paid for.

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  2. Just to try and encourage you, I got my present job when I was 58 yrs old. I'm now 65 and still working although I do get my state pension. Hope to retire next year when I'm 66. Whinge away, you need to get it off your chest.

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    1. I know theres something out there , but quite what , im well qualified but its as if the doors slammed shut as soon as i turned 50 ...most of the time i can laugh about it , just now and again it gets to me

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  4. You whinge away me darlin'....it's your blog.
    Hugs-x-

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  5. Kate,you are not whinging ,life is hard for you now.My friend(I am in Australia) after 100 job application got work at our yoga class.
    One lady at yoga got son who is big boss at huge hotel,she is on call for the night reception,not bad money .Get a lot of hours.
    Something will come your way.This is my first comment ,I read regularly.Hope

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    1. thanks for the comment , there are days i feel like climbing in my tardis and going to a different dimension then there are days when i can tackle the world, just a little endless frustration crept into this week ..lol

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  6. O Levels, trade qualifications for an industry I have no interest in, knocking 50, crippled, self-employed- looks like I'm unemployable too, then.
    Seriously, something will turn up.
    xxx

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    1. yep im sure it will eventually ...but at the moment i feel like im stuck on the standby button , off to sit in a field and lick the last tin of G&T this weekend ..

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  7. Another one that's no doubt unemployable. 51 years old, haven't worked for 10 years, got a dicky ticker amongst other ailments and have been having tests for the last 7 months because nobody seems able to work out what the hell has been wrong with me since November.
    Fingers crossed something will turn up for you very soon.

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    1. Great isn't it they keep extending the retirement age , they want the kids to stay in education forever, do they not grasp that there is a finite number of jobs and there are to many people chasing them , not caused by immigration but by ever increasing technology that will not slow down

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