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18 Apr 2023, 7:49 am

Otherwise known as 'The Unemployment Stage: Part 2'. So, for those of you who have been following along at home, you'll know how Part 1 concluded. I got a job, which I accepted with reluctance but turned out to be even more toxic than I'd anticipated. However, I was desperate at the time, so I did what I had to do. I lasted for just under a year before it all came crashing down.

When I left, I decided to focus my efforts on updating my portfolio. Something I found troubling was the realisation that I'd forgotten a great deal of my skills. I'd been doing the same thing for almost a year, so I'd forgotten a lot of the rest. Which is why I'm reteaching myself in certain areas through tutorials. However, I'm not far off completing my portfolio. I should be ready to start sending job applications in a couple of days.

My plan is to apply for admin type roles and graphic design roles. I've had enough experience dealing with filing systems and customer service that I am able to twist my former experience to suit this if necessary.

One obstacle is that our local economy...well...

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It could be better. My small town hasn't been doing that well as of late. Which means travel is likely if I want to find employment. Unfortunately, I can't drive. I should be able to take weekday lessons, now that I'm no longer employed. Easier to get than weekend lessons. After all, I have enough money saved up to do so. Still, it'll be a while until I can afford a car.

For now, I'll be stuck to buses (which is only possible if the job starts 9am or later, accounting for travel time to most places and the services available) or trains (if they're not on strike) or taxis (expensive but reliable). I don't want to be reliant on my retired parents, and my older sister (and only sibling) is moving out.

So it's certainly an eventful time. I just hope I find something and find a way out of this place sometime soon.


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18 Apr 2023, 6:58 pm

I'm in the same boat, just had to leave a job that was literally two streets away from a public transit station. If I get the job I'm aiming now, I'll have 3 hours a day round trip, but at least I'm not driving for that long.



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19 Apr 2023, 10:39 pm

Perhaps this could be more of a plan b while you're working on that, but grocery stores have a lot of ASD friendly jobs involved.Things like merchandising, stocking shelves at night and pickup are often times great options for the autistic community, depending upon any specific issues that you have.

I'm not like certain, but I have a feeling that I'm not even the only one at my store with these kinds of issues.

I loved pickup and was up to doing pretty much all the work by the time I got promoted to a different department. It was entire days of doing the same thing over and over, but doing it slightly better than the previous time. In some respects the job was way beneath me, but it was satisfying to go around getting stuff off shelves and keeping things bagged and organized in a neat way.



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20 Apr 2023, 1:23 am

Ah, the "joys" of youth.
I am so glad I am retired.

Best of luck to you.
At least you have that almost one year of work experience.
That is gold.
That first step is the hardest, I suspect.


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25 May 2023, 9:47 am

I have an interview. Woo.


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26 May 2023, 1:18 am

Knock 'em dead.



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26 May 2023, 9:13 am

Now I have to wait to find out if I've made it to the second interview. *Sigh*

I'll keep applying for other jobs whilst I wait.


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26 May 2023, 10:23 am

Good luck with your job hunting and interview! :heart:


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27 May 2023, 4:34 pm

I once held a job for four months where, amongst other tasks, I was employed as the store driver. But I couldn't drive. The disability job case manager got them to agree to let him do the driving while I worked on getting my license. However I didn't learn to drive fast enough, so was eventually fired.

It wasn't until years later, when I was in my early thirties and moved to a rural area away from plentiful public transport, that I finally learned to drive.

Learn to drive now so you're ready in the future when you can afford a car. Otherwise you'll get a job and find you don't have the time again. Until you're unemployed again and thinking about how useful it would be to have a license for your next job search... again.

And who knows, maybe a job opportunity will come up where a person with a license could drive the company car.


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