Friday, February 08, 2008

Getting it together

Phew! What a busy week. After feeling really fed up and ready to give up at the end of last week, things have picked up considerably. I still don't have a firm offer of a job in my hands but I feel like I am moving forward rather than standing still and that it is now only a matter of time before I am back in to work.

I have an interview next week for a call centre job. Its not great pay and it involves working shifts, which I am not too keen on either. But its a job. I am hoping the interview goes well and that I get the job. If I don't, well there are other things on the go and besides this would only be a stop-gap to something better, not a permanent career move.

I saw two agencies this week and spoken to a couple of others. All seem quite enthusiastic and keen to get me into a position as soon as possible. I feel encouraged by that and confident that things are beginning to turn around.

As well as looking for paid employment, I've also been considering doing some voluntary work until I get myself into something more permanent. I've volunteered for a couple of things, which I am just waiting to hear back on. According to the Job Centre I am okay doing this as long as its no more than ten hours per week and I keep actively looking for work, which I fully intend to do. Also, I've signed up to work a couple of conventions at the beginning of March. I'd been thinking about doing this for a long while, having done a couple of cons here in Milton Keynes about 5 years ago. Then there is my OU course, which I've just started. The calendar is beginning to look quite full for the next couple of months!

So I feel a lot more positive than a week ago and a lot more in control. Despite not having any money, I feel happy. I feel contented with my lot at the moment and happy and glad for the things I do have.


Morandia said...

I'm so glad to hear things are looking up! Good luck with the interview. I'm not sure if it's the same there as in the US, but it always seems easier to find a job when you already have a job - no idea why, but still...I hope it works this way for you and it leads to your ideal job.

jamie said...

there were some very important words featured in your blog entry,which is very reassuring...
contented and happy,being two of them... i certainly don't think for one second that you have resignged yourself to being unemployed,at all,but you seem to have accepted the situation on one level,and are slowly beginning the climb back up to where you should be in terms of your positive mind-set.
which is good news.

Derek said...

How are things going, Mark? Any news this week? Hope all is going well - please remember to stay positive! It may take time but a job will come to you soon!