I’m feeling rather fed up at the moment.
Yesterday I had an interview for an LSA position at a secondary school. The day went well, I interviewed as well as I ever do (I’m often so nervous I gabble and get tongue-tied) and at the end of the process I felt reasonably confident that I stood a good chance. There were 4 people interviewed for 2 posts so I thought even the odds might work in my favour.
Well, surprise surprise at 3.30 I got the ‘Thanks but no thanks’ call and that was that. Even being told that I was a strong candidate and they wished they had 3 posts to offer didn’t really soften the blow. I should be getting used to this now but I have a habit of planning how life will pan out when I start my new job so it always comes as a huge disappointment.
So I pose the question ‘Is it possible for a 50something ex teacher to get a job?’
There are a limited number of vacancies I can go for – I don’t drive, I’m not a plumber & I can’t programme a computer; I have no experience of administrative work or being a receptionist so although I apply for those jobs I’m almost sure the applications get binned on arrival. It’s very difficult and frustrating – I want to get a job but feel that I’m running out of options. I have experience and I’m willing to try my hand at most things (no sky diving, bungee jumping or fire eating!) so what do I have to do? I’ve even considered advertising myself on the Internet (I don’t know how you do that by the way!) but there must be a role out there for me. Mustn’t there?