Starting Over at 48 - Is it too late?
June 8, 2011 3:49 PM Subscribe
I want to get off ODSP and try going back to work, but how?
posted by anonymous to work & money (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 48, on ODSP (long term disability), I live in a crappy little bachelor apartment in a subsidized building. With the price of everything - especially groceries - skyrocketing, what I get on disability doesn't even last me to the end of the month. And I'm talking JUST bare necessities. Forget a haircut, or buying new clothes, or going to a movie once in a while. There's absolutely no money for any of those "luxuries." I'm tired of living well below the poverty line just because I have a psychiatric disability which, I might add, I have worked VERY HARD to overcome to the point where I feel I can function reasonably well "out in the world" again. I should say that what I suffer from is PTSD.
Anyway, I am tired of living like this. It's not living. And these living conditions are NOT conducive to anyone's good mental health, so I would really like to go back to work. Problem is, I have been out of the work force for 15 years, don't have an updated resume, and I'm afraid that at my age, without any current experience, my chances of being hired are slim to none.
What I would really like to do is work in a dental office - as a receptionist/office manager/treatment coordinator. While I do have office experience, albeit outdated I'm sure, I do not have dental experience. But I feel that I could learn very easily and I'd be good at it because I myself have had to struggle with serious dental issues, dental phobia, etc., so I think I could make the patients feel very much at ease... and it's something I'd really like to do.
So what do I do? What do I put on my resume? I don't think, "Well I kind of went nuts because of a trauma I experienced so I've been on disability the last 15 years," is something employers want to hear.
And I can't go back to school... can't afford it. And I won't qualify for a student loan because my credit is terrible.
I think I'm screwed. This is why it's SO hard to get "out of the system" once you're in it. Any suggestions?