Poll: Have you ever worked?

  • Yes, working now
  • Yes, have previously worked
  • No, have never worked

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Yes I work well I’m starting a new post tomorrow. I find staying at home is not healthy for me as I tend not to have any motivation to go out

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Oh really, that’s great, ish. What is the job title? Though, the job title is not important as long as it can occupy your time and pay your bills.

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I have a series of job, NOT a career actually. (according to a definition by a book)

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Yes, I’ve worked a few jobs. Currently working as a graduate assistant at my university.

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I did data entry for about 3 years with a temp agency before I had a relapse and had to quit to work on fixing myself. Stress from the job caused the relapse, though the work was easy they would change how you did something and not tell you until after you did a bunch of work the old way and have to go through and redo it. Then during tax seasons we would work 7 days a week 8 hour shifts…non tax season we were lucky to get 20 hours a week. Plus I didn’t get along with my team-leader which made things a lot worse. I never complained but she had her “clique” of friends and I wasn’t in the list so I felt singled out a lot of times. I’ve thought about returning to the job, but I’m afraid going back into that environment I’d relapse again and I’m trying to avoid that.

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I vowed to never work for the NHS but some how I managed to find a job again in the health sector. I got a job in admin. The pay is like £11 per hour so ■■■■ pay but better than nothing

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I worked for 21 years and quit in 1996. I’ve held jobs mostly in fast food, and sit down restaurants, telemarketing, and nursing.

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That’s a remarkable record.

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Thank you @Zoom

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Yes, I have worked. Even when my brain wasn’t working.

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Basically from age 16-29, I had jobs with some shorter stints of unemployment in there. Then at 29, I decided to go to school and because of my location/situation I opted not to work. I officially finished school last year but freaked out because for all my education, I didn’t have much for vocational training and I am working on that now. I expect to be working by late fall if we move. If we don’t, I’ll have to find a job online and I have no idea how long that will take.

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“Have you ever worked?”

my first job was during high school. i was a tutor.
pay was okay, but only because it was a summer gig.

I worked on Wall Street for about 5 years designing custom software for banks and brokerage houses. In the places I worked you had to have at least 10 million to open an account with them. It was fun and interesting for a few years and the money was great but it got old and the politics got too much. I’m glad I did it though the disability payout for my schizophrenia is pretty high. I work as a cashier now in a dollar store, it’s an easy job and what I like most about it is I feel like I’m helping people. I didn’t feel like I was helping people on wall st.

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yes, I have worked as an architect designing homes before I got sick…now I am happy to be on disability because I have found I can’t handle working.

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I’ve worked since I was 12 years old. I started out bussing tables in my grandpa’s bar. I’ve done dozens of different jobs. I bartended for the longest, which worked well because I was an alcoholic and an addict. Then I started in the paper business, and between two mills I’ve done it for about 8 years. But we don’t have days off, so it feels like I’ve been doing it my entire life.

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When I was a kid I had spates of time when me and my friends would mow lawns or rake leaves or wash cars for 50 cents or a dollar. When I was in high school I had a few gigs doing yard work on my own for various members of my church. I would get $2.00 an hour. It wasn’t just mowing and edging lawns. I did some larger projects too, clearing brush off of hillsides, digging ditches, cleaning house gutters. For one client who wanted a hillside of overgrown weeds cut down she gave me a scythe to do the job. A “scythe” is one of those tool things that The Grim Reaper is always pictured as holding.

Anyway, I got my first “official” job when I was 17 and my friend helped get me a job washing dishes in the restaurant he worked at. I had to lie on the job application and I told them I was 18 because the job opening was for a night shift and back then a 17 year old couldn’t work past 9:00 p.m. by law. This was a couple of years before I got sick. The job was fun in a lot of ways. I had known this friend since 5th grade and it was kind of fun growing up and going through school together and then working our first jobs together. But he quit soon after I got hired but I was such a good worker that I got promoted to being cook. This was every dishwashers dream, lol. Yeah, good memories.

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I’m surprised to see that nearly 40% are currently working.

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Since I’m living in a touristic town I worked as a host in various occasions for tourists, like boats trips or selling souvenirs. Right after I finished college I started to teach students as an honorary assistant, but when my symptoms went up, I left it. I also worked as an escort. Sort of. Well I’m telling this first time…not sure (and don’t care) how people will react to it. I’m not mentioning it in my CV lol. Now I work as a sale promoter for Gillette and I have few classes engagement at my college. Thats all honorary and temporary…I wish I could have a real job for once. But then again maybe I’m not capable for that

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Never done paid work . When first ill I tried a voluntary job going round wards with hospital librarian. That was because before I got ill at school I’d talked about the idea of working in a library. It didn’t work out. Found it very hard to interact with people and was told after a few weeks I wasn’t suitable.

About 4 years later was in line to go to a residential assessment centre to see what I would be suited to do but pdoc said I wasn’t well enough. I think she was probably right. It was quite a way from home and I would have struggled getting there and back/coping with the practical day to day stuff .

Last psych assessment that included work potential(nearly a decade ago) said the best possible scenario was “Able to carry out light sheltered work in structured, supported setting (e.g. gardening, sweeping, washing up)”.

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