I’m a senior insurance broker. I specialize in small to mid-size commercial accounts, particularly heavy haulers working cross border between Canada and the United States. I do okay in terms of salary. I am diagnosed with SZ and I’m med-compliant. Low dose, I have found tricks to manage positive symptoms so I can take fewer meds.
Yeah, but I’m always stressed AF (@ninjastar@ZombieMombie and @Bowens will vouch for this). Being unemployed and poor is stressful. I prefer working and having the $$$ to live comfortably and pursue my hobbies.
I’m a freelance computer technician aka gig worker. I have a number of small business and residential clients in the area. I’ve built office computer, home computers, setup networks, web design, etc… I spent this weekend designing and coding a website for a mortgage agent.
So no, schizophrenia isn’t a deal killer when it comes to employment. It just depends on YOUR situation. Do you have symptoms? Can you handle a job? My employer doesn’t know nor suspect I have schizophrenia. Some of my computer clients know but don’t care and rehire me anyways. Others don’t know.
Unfortunate as it may be. I and many other schizophrenics had to settle with jobs that were available to us just as any other “normal” person would have to. Believing in you is not what employers will base their hiring on. Work experience, continuous employment with little to no gaps in employment history is what firms are looking for.
I agree that disability life sucks as a person does not get satisfied every week, every month or every year for doing zero work yet receives just enough income to survive. You waste years of not knowing the operations, procedures & policies of a company but instead waste time on gaming, watching movies, listening to music or reading news.
I had no problems in getting interviews. I applied through indeed and got several interviews. I didn’t disclose my sz. Though I couldn’t hold jobs for more than a month except for the job at my mother’s office.
Most of my jobs have been “no experience necessary” jobs. Some of them were just jobs I found by walking in and filling out an application and getting hired. I never tell anyone I’m schizophrenic. My current job hires disabled people and knows I’m schizophrenic. I’ve been there ten years.