Hey folks, it has been nearly two weeks since I have posted anything, so I wanted to do a quick update.
Its been a rough week or so, I have had to face a few home truths and realisations on things.
The first being that I had an interview for a job that I didn’t particularly want, call centre job and if you’ve been around my blog for a while you will know why, but I went for it anyway.
It was what I was considering my “Safety Job” a job that I could walk into, do with my eyes closed and survive through long enough to make sure I could provide for my family.
I didn’t get it.
This sent me into a spiral where I have concluded that I am now pretty much unemployable.
The rejection email that I got said that I “don’t meet the requirements”. What the hell are they looking for let’s do a list shall we.
Requirements to work for a Satellite Television Provider Doing Technical Support:
- Have experience working in customer service? How is at least 15 years’ worth of experience?
- Have experience working in call centres? Again, how about at least 15 years’ experience?
- Have experience working in Technical support? How about 9 years’ worth of experience doing technical support?
- Have previous similar job experience for this role? HOW ABOUT THE FACT I DID THIS EXACT SAME BLOODY JOB FOR 2 GOD DAMN YEARS?
Well, apparently, checking all these boxes “Doesn’t meet the requirements.” And then in the email, they had the absolute nerve to say that “due to the number of applicants they cannot provide individual feedback” THERE WERE FUCKING FOUR PEOPLE THERE, INCLUDING ME.
Oh, and then there was the little bit at the end that said if you want to reapply you can in 3 months.
So that was a low point, the point where I had to swallow the bitter pill of acceptance that I can’t even get the job that I was sure I could walk into and accept that I am unemployable.
Where do I go from here?
What will I do now?
I took a few hours after getting that email being angry and feeling sorry for myself and realising that no one is going to offer me a job so I am just going to have to do it myself.
I was looking about for something completely and I came across a website for a chain of vape/e-cigarette shops that are looking to expand and are offering franchise opportunities to open up your own shop. So I considered this and decided to investigate it.
That’s when it hit me. I looked into a similar sort of things a few years ago, but I was working at the time and I didn’t want to risk what I was doing at the time to pursue it.
But now what have I got to lose?
I sent out some feelers and contacted a few companies to get the information I needed to make an informed decision and I got more than what I needed. I have found someone willing to help me through the training and offer me a position at the end of it, providing I pass the tests.
Now you may now be wondering “well Colin you’ve said what you have done but you haven’t actually said what the job is.” And you would be right. I haven’t.
So here it is.
I am hoping to train to be Driving Instructor.
If you think about it it’s a great idea, I like helping people, I can make my own hours, ill be my own boss, I will have a franchise where I pay a certain amount to the company and then I can trade under their name.
Also, they will give me a brand-new car every 18 months.
It will involve me having to resit my driving test (gulp) then an instructors test (double gulp) and the training isn’t cheap. It’s around two and a half grand for the training.
So that is my big stumbling block now, getting the money. I am applying for a funding grant to pay for the training on the condition that once the training is complete I am guaranteed a job at the end of it.
So I have a lot of work to do to achieve this goal but the first steps start this week when I apply for the funding.
Wish me luck.
In other news, I have food poisoning so that’s been fun.
How is everyone else?