The Worlds of Katherine Kurtz

Off Topic => Tid Bits => Topic started by: Elkhound on August 21, 2017, 08:30:54 pm

Title: Off Topic: New Job
Post by: Elkhound on August 21, 2017, 08:30:54 pm
Over the past year or so I have been struggling with depression.  Normally, my depression hits me suddenly in response to a specific stressor, but this time it was more a matter of things grinding me so gradually that I didn't notice it--but other people did.  It impacted on my job performance to the point where I got fired; even after I produced a letter from my doctor confirming the diagnosis.  I've filed a grievance over it, which is still in progress.

The good news is that I have a new job.  I'm going to be an academic instructor for Horizons Youth Services, which runs our local Job Corps center.

For those who don't know what Job Corps is, it is a program for youth between 16 and 24 who are NEETs (Not in Education Employment or Training)--kids who have a HS diploma or less and either can't find work or steady work that can give them economic independence.  Such youth often also lack certain basic social coping skills.  This program provides a residential program that gives them the opportunity to complete a HS equivalency, get vocational training, and learn life-coping skills.

They were particularly interested in me because of my background in Library Science, as Librarianship really involves ALL subjects and also emphasizes individual instruction.

Tomorrow I'm going up to get the paperwork done and start the process of getting my background check and drug test.

The last time I was out of work, I was out for nearly two years.  This time it was about three months.
Title: Re: Off Topic: New Job
Post by: Laurna on August 22, 2017, 02:40:41 am
Congratulations, this is wonderful.
Title: Re: Off Topic: New Job
Post by: Demercia on August 22, 2017, 02:46:14 am
Delighted for you.  Good news for the youth too.
Title: Re: Off Topic: New Job
Post by: Jerusha on August 22, 2017, 05:52:07 am
Very glad to hear the good news, Elkhound!
Title: Re: Off Topic: New Job
Post by: DesertRose on August 22, 2017, 12:25:06 pm
Congratulations!  Yay for being employed again!  I wish you well.  I hope the job is rewarding (for multiple values of "rewarding") and not too stressful.  :D
Title: Re: Off Topic: New Job
Post by: Evie on August 22, 2017, 07:13:51 pm
Great news about the new job! Sorry I didn't respond earlier. I've been out of town and on the forum just long enough to post the chat transcript. But I had wondered how you were doing.
Title: Re: Off Topic: New Job
Post by: revanne on August 23, 2017, 02:05:49 am
Good news! I have missed you and have been wondering how you were doing.
Title: Re: Off Topic: New Job
Post by: Elkhound on August 28, 2017, 02:53:06 pm
Orientation tomorrow.
Title: Re: Off Topic: New Job
Post by: Laurna on August 28, 2017, 03:55:51 pm
Congrats, it will be a winning day!
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Post by: Evie on August 29, 2017, 09:57:56 am
Hope everything goes well for you with the new job! Congrats!
Title: Re: Off Topic: New Job
Post by: Lochiel on September 01, 2017, 05:17:19 pm
Hope your orientation went well. Having a job that helps people (or flora & fauna) is especially rewarding. 
Have you ever tried meditation? That may be something that should help you.
Best wishes!

Title: Re: Off Topic: New Job
Post by: Elkhound on October 14, 2017, 02:52:45 pm
Unfortunately, things did not work out and I was put out on my. . . ear. . .after about a month and a half. 

They had me teaching MATH for half of every day--my WORST subject--and I was dealing with a class that was always obstreperous and was particularly bad that day, and I will admit that I lost my temper. 

Back to the drawing board!

I really hope I can get back with the State as I am less than two years away from being eligible for a pension.
Title: Re: Off Topic: New Job
Post by: Bifph on October 14, 2017, 09:01:33 pm
That's rough, Elk. I'm in my fifth position in the last 4.5 years. It's a tough slog.

Good thoughts coming your way. Keep your chin up and work every day on getting your next gig.