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Cos you know, I'm there bro.
and you didn't even have the grace to reply then so I don't see what would be in it for me this time round
I'm sure I didn't. I read every reply in threads I make. I'm a dickhead like that. I probably just didn't actually reply. But your input was appreciated.
*insert smee pun here*
I was still in college so had a miniscule bursary/loan and some savings. I ended up very skint within the year and was really struggling in the second year of college. I ended up finding a job right before I finished college and I've been working that ever since - so I'm not homeless or dead. Kinda worked out but I was pretty miserable trying to make rent every month.
I'm still struggling tbh 'cos my job doesn't pay nearly enough to keep me going safely.
it's a long story to do with being unwell and unable to work - basically afterwards I was ambushed by my boss and was told I would face disciplinary action (even though they were at fault as much as me) so I just said "Well, I wanted to quit anyway" so I quit and avoided the completely pointless 'telling off'.
I didn't have anything in the way of savings, I just upped and left. Best decision I made. Turned up in Brighton when the weather was gorgeous, spent a bit of time job hunting and the rest on the beach. Two weeks later I'd started a job, although I quit because they were shit and they paid me to leave / keep quiet, then I got this job which is ace.
2) What happened
3) How it all turned out nice when you got another job and didn't die in a bedsit living off cold baked beans
2) had a breakdown
especially cause you can't sign on for ages
and absolutely loved it and I was fucking great at it too. They made some redundancies and I have to re-apply for my job role and they offered it to me but on a much much much lower wage. I walked out with my head high and told them to swing on it.
Spent months skint beyond belief, doing a bit of cash in hand stuff until I found a better job.
It was a silly thing to do, not having rich parents or savings but I can honestly say it felt fucking amazing. The latter months after were very depressing though, but if you feel that strongly about something then sometimes that feeling will get you by.
That's me. I'm starting to panic. But freedom isn't free, baby.
but I guess it is easier to find a job when you have a job, but sometimes, you just got to get out...
Nothing lined up and not much money. I had put in a cheeky job app the week I left for something that I never expected to get. I did end up getting it though and in the intervening 6 weeks I basically had the best summer for many years, cycling around London in the sun, going to the cinema loads, reading and eating picnics in parks, discovering hidden gems, all on weekdays while every sucker was at work. Amazing. Don't know what I would've done if I hadn't got that job though, I hadn't applied to anything else and it was about 4 weeks into my unemployment that I actually got it. Would've probably moved to Barbados.
Thank god you dodged that bullet
along with a whole office of people with a month's notice. They did line up another job for us to walk into if we wanted in another company (fuck knows how they managed that), but I decided not to as I wanted a short break. Turned out to be quite a long break in the end, but I did find a job at the end of it. The job I could have walked into sounded shit, it was an awful call centre where they were incredibly strict on times of breaks and call handling. To the point where people from my office who were used to slacking off were actually getting fired - which was fine except they all got an extra month's pay despite that the bastards! Wish I had just turned up for a day then got fired.
still LIKE A BOSS
i think I probably should've taken that voluntary redundancy recently
but got three years' redundancy pay, so
took three months off, recorded an album, ended up taking a job that was a new start meaning having to drop a few rungs but worked back up pretty quickly and now i'm happier and earning more.
so i got like 4 months' pay
But I've found if you are looking elsewhere, try and build up some contacts and see what's out there and if there are any potential opportunities whilst you're still working...that way you're still earning a wage.
But I guess it depends what sector you're in.
BUT I MIGHT NOT ANSWER EVERYONE'S - OK SMEE?
generally my process was:
1. finding out what sort of job I might like
2. updating my CV on a bunch of job search websites
3. talking to and having regular meetings with recruiters
worked at a recruitment place and HATED it, was just not very good at all. I took a week off then quit when I came back
got a job with my housemate a week later
i walked into my third quarter review with barclays with nothing but my notice. i DID work my notice but i didn't have anything lined up. i was unemplyed for 9 months after that, it started out as just partying a lot and having sex but by the end it was just stealing cheese and avoiding my landlord
So, you've handed your notice in. Have you actually finished work yet or do you still have a bit of a safety net before your wages stop?
have you considered getting a p/t bar job or something just to give you a bit of cash and get you totally out of the office environment for a bit?
I worked with an awful company inthecity where I set up meeting rooms and brought coffee to bad sales types and Swiss teenagers applying for jp Morgan. and it was so bad so after getting really sad and being around bad people I left and went back to the dole and then managed to work part time in hmv for Christmas but that ended and I was out of a job again. At some point I tried volunteering with a company in the industry I wanted to work but working full time didn't even cover rent and living so that wasn't going to work. so I went back on the dole and housing benefit doesn't cover your rent so you go further into the overdraft and then I got sick from no food and too thin and got cold sweats and couldn't afford to live anymore but luckily could go home to my parents. So I worked nights in tesco for a bit and then they said I could work there full time so I interviewed and got the job but then let slip to the agency who got me the work in tesco that I had a job with them and they said YOU CANT DO THAT. So I couldn't get that job without apparently giving a load of my wages to the agency I was contracted with so I left the agency and got a job in a kitchen and then moved away and got a job in another kitchen and now it seems I'm a chef but don't want to be forever
Thanks Cameron et al
I volunteered with a lady who passed me some paid work that I really like and then did another thing so it was like I has my own company for a bit and I was proud of what I did so ok trying to do some more of that in the next few months and might put the video I did into a film festival. It's about education and it's alright apart from one shot. So proud of me
Sorry long read I don't mean to be moany. Being a chef is fun do that
Still entirely confused about how people get jobs that aren't physical laboury/get to sit down
I lived with my parents. I was unemployed for almost 6 months. I did a lot of walking. I went into debt. By the 4th-5th month I was applying for about 5 jobs a day. In the end a mate recommended me for a job and that swung it.
My advice would be do some volunteering or some such - a blank CV patch isn't good.
Nothing lined up, no savings, no particularly desirable skills or experience.
I think i'm screwed tbh. Just watching my money run out.
to be honest, i've pretty much never made a life decision for myself
but a guy i used to work with quit his v boring desk job, went on a road trip across america and now lives in bangkok and studies at the cordon bleu academy there, which is a pretty impressive turn around
working for one of the leading firms in the industry I wanted to work in. All good for a couple of years but I began getting restless, mainly personal circumstances unrelated to work that are too dull to go into. I bit the bullet and left, knowing career-wise it wasn't a great move but there were other things I wanted to do and places I wanted to see. After eventually getting bored of not working, or more accurately not working whilst being completely skint, I did some soul-crushing temp work for a bit, but eventually got back into my chosen industry. After a few years living and working abroad (one of the things I always wanted to do but didn't think I'd get the chance if I stayed put) I've ended up back at the original firm I joined from uni, but with more work and life experience than if I'd stayed, and on twice the money I was when I left a few years ago. So, you know, go with it, try to leave on good terms with anyone who isn't a complete prick, don't get too down if things look bleak in the short-term and things will probably work out alright.
and thats now at......9. Walked out on 6. Fuck 'em.
but I have had some pretty low points like sharing a special brew with a smackhead
i've only done this went i moved to brighton from reading, but i was going from a shitty paid skill less crap job, and it only took me a week to find a similarly paid crap job in brighton.
my mate gave up his job to become a full time stand up comedian, he's just got signed to one of the big agencies now so should start to get some monies rolling in, but when he quit work to 'follow his dream' he was mostly doing gigs for about £50 or just getting expenses - this must have been about 6 months or so. during that time he was doing little bits of very casual work i think (like a day or two here and there) to earn a little bit of money, not spending ANYTHING and (i presume) eating into any savings he might have had. He'd worked out he could do it for about 4 months before he'd have to find a job, but was always planning to just go and work in something non-committal (like working in a cafe' or something (no offense to cafe' workers) and do the stand up as his career.
I assume you have some kind of plan mokes? you're looking for a total career change yeah? my advice would be to try and get some part time job, three days a week, so you don't starve (get this before your savings run out, so you are not forced to do something god awful) and then work on your DREAMS in the two days off (and weekends) .
you won't b e able to buy anything for a good while (no more watches for you) but hopefully your soul will be a little happier.
as my work bonus got rejected. The cunts.
But dude, this is good advice. A part time job makes sense. Good idea.
Haven't got a clue what I want yet. My paid proper job ends in mid May. Then it's out into the big scary world.
You wouldn't believe the amount of nay sayers I have in my work telling me I'm being reckless. Of course they'd think that, they're office drones. I'm trying to escape that!
that's ages away.
try to squirrel away some cash from your March, April and May paypackets and take a bit of time off or drop down to a part time casual job while you work out what you want to do.
To be honest, it sounds like you're shiteing it a bit. There's no poubt putting yourself through it if you're going to be filling your pants every day about it. You have ot allow yourself to enjoy the challenge of finding something new and different, enjoy bumming about for a bit, enjoy not being in an office. If you can't enjoy the pros of chucking your office job, then I say don't chuck your office job. (wwoops, too late. But you can always get another one.)
but in the good way. Like if I was gonna do a gig or something. I am enjoying it. I'm actually feeling excited. Like waking up from the rut of shit for the last few years.
I've moaned enough on here about being an office twat, now I've called myself out haven't I? Gotta do something now. Now I'm gonna moan about that for 3 months. HEY DiS *guitar riff*
That's the attitude. I had to pull myself together a bit last year because, having made the decisoin to move home with no job and a jobs market in my sector on its knees, I was like you- shiteing it. I didn't enjoy my time off tat much at first and had to really give myself a shake and remind myself that I'd look back and regret it if I dind't use the time wisely.
here I am a year on. and I have to say i am not happy in my job, but I am happy with teh decisoins i have made and feel like I have a bit of a plan. and more importantly, I know that I can survive chucking it all in if I ever wat to do it again.
Whatever you get out of this, try to approach everything with a good mental attitude. Cup half full, that kind of thing. You'll be reet. and I am a bit jealous of you.
obvs i don't know your financial circumstances but work out your bare minimum money you can survive on, and get a PT job that sustains that, will also stop you from going mad with isolation or stressed out about quitting your job.
another guy i very slightly know used to work in some sales type role three days a week and did writing for the other two days - at the time i knew him he wasn't getting paid for any of the writing, but now, a few years later, he's a full time journalist type person and flys round teh world interviewing people.
there's lots of success stories, but you will just have to make soem sacrifices i think.