Not often I get to fill in this blog as legitimate 'business'.
Let's start with some background. My careers advisor (they call themselves job brokers but that's very confusing) is trying to set me up with some work experience. What I didn't realize is that she doesn't have anything set up yet. I mean, I was led to believe they already had something lined up. It was more the case of, if they had given me warning that I needed to look for my own placement I would've started already but they didn't. I mean, obviously it will slow me down.
I also had 9 days ago a meeting at with a careers advisor at the National Careers Service. The idea was, as I'm currently applying for retail vacancies, to see what other things I could apply for.
That gets me up to date.
So I'm supposed to be arranging some voluntary work. Me and my advisor are both working on it. There are two issues I'm facing.
The industry that came out of the NCS appointment was care/social care, that is, working with people who are vulnerable such as children, adults with learning difficulties, the eldery and so on. If you look at my CV this is no surprise as everything I've done you could easily categorise into this sort of work or retail.
So the problem is I can only have a work experience in one of these industries. Retail or care/social care. I mean, I'm already at Cats Protection so that if anything goes under the care header.
So if we say that leaves retail then we're off to a good start. Next problem is what retail experience? In fact my advisor looking through some voluntary vacancies came up with the one I left in October last year as I was bored of it. It's a bit of a problem actually to be perfectly honest.
We rung up some individual business to find out if they take volunteers. It was a bit odd to be honest calling up a shop and asking to work for free when everyone else is getting paid. The next odd bit is that they all said no. While that sounds initially odd, it's because their insurance covers employees so if you don't have a contract you're not an employee and you're a lawsuit risk.
(continued the next day)
My advisor's called me today and she may have something. I don't want to say publicly what it is yet. But I think my decision is, as far as is possible, not to go straight back to a charity shop.