Plus ?a change. Three years have elapsed since my original post
on this thread, during which time I have spent a sum total of 11 months (not consecutive) in paid employment, and in different areas of the country. I'm now living with my parents in London, as the flat I bought in Exeter during my time in the scientific civil service there disqualifies me from claiming any means-tested benefits. I only discovered that after I was fired from the job I had in Skipton (July - December 2010).
My parents are convinced I need a change of career after those last two dismissals, but unfortunately they haven't a clue what career I'm supposed to be changing from. They're rather inclined to refer to it as "that IT stuff you've done" solely because I've been sat in front of a computer all the time.
So far the following jobs have been suggested:
* Actuary - because someone from my mother's church claimed I could train in my spare time and therefore it would be a great career option for combining with motherhood(!!)
* Pharmacist - because my parents know of a former veterinary nurse who is allegedly retraining on the job at Boots. This doesn't square with the job profile at Prospects
, so presumably she must be training to be a pharmacy technician or dispenser?
* Quantity surveyor - because the 24-year-old son of someone else at the abovementioned church is doing a qualifying course at UWE (so it would pander to my whim to move to Bristol
), and apparently mathematical backgrounds are supposed to be well suited. The UWE course costs five grand which my parents are apparently quite happy to stump up. But, ungrateful though it may seem, I really don't want to be financially dependent on my parents. It's bad enough having to move back in with them - I've lost count of the number of times I've received remarks along the lines of "Oh, it's so hard for all you young people
, isn't it? So-and-so's son can't find a job and he's just finished university." For crying out loud, I have not just finished university - I graduated in the 20th century!