Taking on the responsibility of starting a career while dealing with severe mental health problems
December 5, 2011 3:50 PM Subscribe
I'm a lousy student about to graduate university, and I am interested in career opportunities which would allow me to help immigrants settle into their new lives (in Canada). My degree is in no way related to this, and I feel that mental health issues have severely diminished my mental abilities. Nonetheless, any help anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated.
posted by costanza to Work & Money (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I will be graduating university soon. I am 23 and female. I don't have very many skills at all; I don't feel like I've learned what I was supposed to learn in university re: critical thinking, ability to write easily, general cultural knowledge. In the past I have gotten jobs due to my ability to speak french ( I live in Quebec).
Despite my less than impressive skill set, I am pushing forward and trying to think of some kind of career that might be fulfilling to me.
I've always thought I might like to have a career wherein I help immigrants settle into their new lives in Canada. I have no idea what kind of qualifications I might need for this, or where I might start looking. Does anyone know where I might start out? Does this kind of job even exist?
My university degree is a general liberal arts degree, and my grades are, unfortunately, not stellar (I have around a 80% average). On top of that, I've had severe mental health issues in the past year and I feel as though my memory, concentration, intelligence, social skills, emotions and ability to learn new skills are severely diminished compared to what they used to be. I am pretty sure I am going to sign up for therapy in the new year. But I feel despairing because it seems like these lost abilities are irretrievable. Any thoughts on that? Do you think therapy could help me regain some confidence/ help me feel like my head is more than an empty ball with tumbleweeds rolling through? Has anyone experienced this loss of abilities and been able to gain some of them back?
Basically I suppose I am just like any other 20something who does not know what to do with themselves. But specifically I would like to know how I should go about starting a career in helping newcomers to our country. I am generally an empathetic, understanding and sensitive person (or at least I was before a severe depression/ something or other seemed to pull all these abilities out of me).
tl;dr: 1) Where can I start looking for this type of work? Would volunteering be the best way to begin?
2) Given my bad academic record, and my mental health problems, am I even qualified to have any kind of a job? If my life is such a mess, is it even feasible for me to be thinking about taking on responsibilities?
3) Have you ever lost mental faculties to the point that you really and truly feel like you have lost yourself, but then with the help of a therapist you were able to gain some semblance of yourself back?
thanks so much in advance. I am new to metafilter and am so glad I have found it. I used to think the whole internet was garbage but now I know better!