Hi, I’m thinking of returning to work having spent thirteen years in employment and two years off. I’m excited at the idea. However, is this silly? I could stay home taking it easy, learn a new vocation and volunteer one day a week… then following two years, take the plunge… What is your experience and what do you think? Thanks in advance…
Moved to School and Work.
Have I mentioned that I’m overjoyed to have the School and Work forum back yet? Because I am!
(So happy he’s using the moderator hat for a Mexican hat dance!)
I work in an office with about 10 other people. It’s hard but I don’t mind it that much. I can just get on with my work quietly and they seem to be happy with what I achieve in a day. It’s for a marketing firm and to be honest, I wouldn’t have gotten the job if it wasn’t a for a family member who works there and got me the job. I am grateful for that, otherwise I’d be unemployed.
Work can be stressful, but I find it’s a good distraction and fills the day up. I’d be climbing the walls with out it.
I’ve worked fairly steadily since 1984, mostly part-time and mostly at light labor jobs like at department stores or at my current janitor job. You must be a little worried that the longer you go without working the harder it’s going to be get back into the work force. I really couldn’t predict how hard it would be for you to work again after a long lay-off. Your age and health may be a factor.
I can just say that the longest I went without work was a year in 1998. I had quit my job unloading trucks and attended a day program instead. After a year of that I got a job working as a park ranger and stayed there two years. I don’t think it was that hard to get back to work after a year off, I don’t think it affected my ability to work again. I just took it in stride. I always work so it comes natural and I get right back into the swing of things.
i plaster walls
Professional photographer. Some videography. Some Web design. Occasional contract writing. Used to be a paid school bus driver, but now do it on a volunteer basis.
I think you are very lucky to have such a good work ethic. Maybe lucky isn’t the word. Maybe I should say it’s “admirable,” because a lot of people don’t give two shits about their work performance.
Building maintenance stuff
Gardner and grounds keeper for the parks department… working on a horticulture degree so I can transfer to the greenhouses.
Cashier at gas station.
It may cause a lot of stress but nothing one cannot manage. I work at a manufacturing company that produces electric solution, transformers, breakers, wires, switches, sockets, lightning, distribution panels… Name it…! I am occupying the regional warehousing supervisor position responsible for planning new warehouse layout and analyzing current situation of operations. A lot to do with numbers and mainly excel sheet. If you ask, I would certainly love to be at home relaxing all time, but they pay is good and I get to buy myself luxurious things, for example I am willing to get the new Samsung s6 edge mobile recently launched to markets, and that’s on my own account, I have lended some people some money and it the first time in on the other round of the equation. Working hours are long and my boss is very tough to deal with but who cares, he thinks I am affected with his behavior but I am not, he doesn’t know that by being tough the only impact is on quality of work where motivation is lost so does creativity. Anyway I don’t want to write lengthier. Job is a good thing especially if you have the support of a senior collegue who can direct you in the right direction when u r lost. I say go get it and try to keep it. Regards,
wish i could do a full time job…
Can’t do paid work so I volunteer in charity shop and looking for some volunteer work in admin so that I can build my confidence enough to be able to get part time paid work and hope full time one day
I’m a baker! Finally. I am working for the first time in 6 years!!!
I work for a roadworks company. I make roads
I’m a housewife, and amateur wannabe writer. I’m also a chauffeur and secretary for my husband
I have a government job that I have recently gotten. The pay is decent considering that I’m starting at the entry level.
Me too . I used to work at a machine shop.