Rated: 13+ · Book · Biographical · #1207864
If you don't have a dream, how are you going to make a dream come true?
|I'm in job-search mode again. I really loathe the whole process! I scour websites and newspapers to find open positions, then agonize over whether or not they're right for me. I apply. I wait. Sometimes I get an interview, then I agonize over that. The, most of the time, they choose someone else. It's a constant feeling of rejection and not feeling good enough. It's mentally draining!
But what amazes me is the job advertisements I find. Take today's search results for example:
Part Time Program Assistant:
This position will require you to interact with individuals that have mental health issues in a homelike setting. You will be required to train individuals regarding the following: personal care, communication, daily living and social skills development.
Requirements (included, but not limited to): must be at least 18 years old, possess high school diploma or GED, valid driver's licence with a good driving record, background checks and pass physical exam.
Seriously?! Dealing with people with "mental health issues," teaching them to basically function and all that's required is a HS diploma or GED?? I bet it pays minimum wage, too...
There's another listing just like this one, too, but the job title is Mental Health Worker.
Since when did the qualifications to work with the mentally ill change to just graduating high school?! The thing is, there is a very, very low percentage of people living in my area with a college degree, which means I'm over-qualified for most jobs. And if I do get a job, they'll only pay minimum wage or slightly higher.
This is the drawback of living in an area with a very depressed economy.
It's so frustrating, and it makes me want to move to another area. I don't understand why people want to live here. I'm here because my family is here. But it's looking like I'm going to have to travel a good distance for a decent job, or someday move to a more urban area.