How do I survive being unemployed
January 8, 2011 2:39 PM Subscribe
Being unemployed is bumming me out. Help me make sense of this.
posted by Sal and Richard to Work & Money (9 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 37, female, and unemployed (well, I guess underemployed since I work part-time). I was laid off from my position as a high school counselor at the end of the school year in June 2010, so it has been exactly 6 months. I was lucky enough to be able to be offered a couple of days of work per week at my previous job, but at a much lower pay rate and a position that is essentially reception. While I am extremely grateful to have something to fill my time a couple of days a week, I am finding it hard to not consider myself a giant loser. I never expected the hit my self-esteem would take in losing a job, and I am still reeling from the loss and feeling like I will never recover from this. I've applied to so many jobs and have only had a couple of interviews. I also had worked long and hard (while working at previous job where I now do reception) to finish my Master's degree in school counseling, and now feel like I am hanging my head in shame for having to go back to my previous job.
When I found out I was being laid off, I immediately started researching different grad certificate programs and found one that I was interested in, enrolled, and I am now working towards that.
Here's the issue - I will have to complete a 1 day a week internship from July to November of this year. This means that I will either have to:
a. Put the search for a full-time job on hold until after I finish said internship
b. quit the program and take any full-time job I can get
c. Keep looking for a full-time job and hope that they will hire someone who needs a 4 day work week for those months
d. Look for a part-time job that will make me feel better about myself
e. any other ideas?
I would love to find a full-time job, one that will accommodate the internship, but given that I've had no luck finding a job in the past 6 months, I don't see the likelihood of that happening. The question is then, if I have to remain at the place I'm in, how does one continue and not feel like a loser, failure, hopeless, etc. I am on antidepressants, see a therapist, have friends, etc., but I feel very alone in this unemployment misery. Help!