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simultaneously liberating and depressing, i'nt it.
and for that alone I envy you.
basically I was so close to signing on but my morals didnt want it.... so I didnt turn up at the interview.
Got a job instead
get a job.
but if i did there would have been one at the end of that last sentence.
I was in the dole office yesterday, and felt that although i'm quite happy working for free with a view to getting a job, the only thing that separates me from those that sit at home and watch jeremy kyle, is the fact that I don't wear sportswear.
I came close once but then found some temp work but it'd be useful to know in case I ever end up jobless again!
and i've to go to an 'interview' next week.... easy enough.
'Well, there's nothing in my field really around at the moment'
'Oh well! I found this wonderful job in Lidl, how about that?'
well, it wasn't for me.
Lidl only employs people with thinner than normal heads. Nice one.
u have to be activley looking for a job otherwise they cut you off, you have to go to lots of interviews, compulsary carrer assesments and so forth.
You get a lil booklet and u got to bring it to every interview you attend.
i did apply before but got rejected.
they told my mate he was being too proactive. and if you fill in that you visited one website a day and bought the paper that week, that counts towards jobsearching...
ah, the internet
As much as I like free money, I couldn't be doing with the whole getting out of bed at a reasonable hour and queueing for that free money.
Can't they just deliver it some way?
but, once every week or whatever, not that bad.
i didn't go.
we do it the proper way
I did it for a bit...in the end I felt like pretending I'd applied for jobs was too much like hard work, so I stopped.
I did this for a bit when i was 17 and I found it utterly utterly soul destroying. But yeah COOOL
only for about 4 weeks but for some reason it feels like it was months and months. Every day actually is like sunday.
money in the bank
because I was too busy for a job. It was fine apart from the super-skint flashpoints, and enabled me to develop Brainlove from nothing into what it is now. Also, doing that self-taught me for the jobs I'm doing now. So I think it was valuable breathing space that enabled me to chase dreams and start a business. If I hadn't been so directed and active though I would have found it very depressing.
but that first sentence is SO toby masters.
"i was going to get to a job, but i was too busy on my projects!"
It's just about priorities. I only see any job I'm in a a temporary means to an end. My aims are my own and they're unconnected to employment.
but I got a new job literally days before I qualified. Gutting
It was pretty awful.
if there's something you want to do.
that only works if you are living at your parents or someone rich who takes care of you.
how can you survive on £60 a week if you have rent to pay, bills, food etc and thats not even comtemplating staying in every night of the week.
Nah, £60 a week isn't enough for our hedonistic lifestyles methinks.
it's assessed on your needs etc, and it may not even cover all your rent. although it probably will.
otherwise i'd move into a 1 bedroom flat in mayfair and then get myself sacked and go on the benefit.
as long as you live somewhere sensible they will cover all your rent. I think if you have over 6,000 savings or so then it also gets diminished.
So it's not an automatic thing then - otherwise I'd join Daniel in his mission to live in Mayfair!
Oh well, i'd rather be working, but each to their own.
But then I couldn't even get any jobseekers', cos I'd quite my previous job, even after about 4 or 5 months.
It's horrible for the long haul but great at first. Free money plus housing benefit so all your rent paid!
Once they realise you do have some prospects and are actually planning to get a job at some point I've found they go really easy on you and you should get at least 3 months or so without any hassle.
You do have to hope they give you a nice afternoon slot for the signing on though otherwise you have to get up early once a fortnight which is clearly unfair. I still used to quite regularly miss my 2pm slot due to Neighbours excitement but just came out with ridiculous excuses which they happily bought.
it was helpful at first and I never had any problems with going to the jobcentre. The people there were usually friendly and willing to help.
I've been signing on for about 10 months now, and the worst they've ever asked me was to come in for an assessment of my career goals. Have all the qualifications for my chosen field, just not the experience. so work for free to get the experience. Quitmy last job, told them that, they said it was cool. Get extra cash, selling promo cds on ebay and djin'' on the side, don't live a flash lifestyle, haven't bought new clothes in ages, but get by. 10 months has been a bit long, so have started to pull my finger out and actually start applying for jobs theres a chance I can get.
For the daily amil readers here, I'm also foreign haha
you know you will be having to move into a total shit hole full of cunts...
unless you live in a shared house with nice people.
after university, I applied for a job at the job centre and didn't get it after that I felt like I was off the hook after that it was great I spent the whole time reading 10 years worth of xmen comics.
Seriously it is not actually that bad and they didn't try and push me into jobs I wasn't suited to.
they never tried to push me into any jobs I didn't want. They just encouraged me to get a job I wanted and I did.
I think they're alright if your quite geniune. I mean I'm sure I'd offer some relief to the usual fuckin' lazy cunt who just want sot stay at home and drink special brew
he once saw the job centre people in the pub and asked for a crisi loan, it was pretty funny.
was claim my £45.50 per week for 5 months. they were refitting some of the job centres around bristol, so i got to do postal sign on, which mean i only needed to leave the house for stamps.
It was pretty bad though as i was smoking way too much weed, thanks to some things that i'd rather not post on here.
any way the coucil office didn't cancel my council tax benefit when i wanted them too and ended up with £900 of debt, because i wasn't checking my account. and as i moved home i didn't get all the debt collectors correspondance posted to my old address. so i was given a CCJ without realising. but luckily i was able to prove that i paid it back as soon as i found out, so it got wiped.
but basically it can take you to bad places. so just get a bloody job, a temp job or anything, plus it doesn't look too good on your CV.