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FordRangerFordRanger Posts: 1,363 Wise Owl
edited April 11 in Work & Study
Im post a lot atm but wanted some advice with stuff. I'm just trying to get into work atm but it's a bit stressful. Im not getting too much luck yet in terms of offers but I'm trying. I really want to get into paid work, I don't really like the idea of volunteering, I have previously thought about it a lot, it's not something I wanted to do I want get money, it was putting me down tbh because I do want a routine but I want an income too and I feel like unpaid work would be very demotivating. Today I have thought about it again. I think if its short term, if it will get me experience, skills, get me a job quicker etc then maybe I could look at it. Its just I don't want to be doing like months and months of volunteering because it's just going to demotivating doing hard work for that amount of time not getting paid.



I'm thinking if it will be possible to do like a few weeks like around 1 to 2 weeks like I think that's alright in both ends like its not too long where I'll get demotivated, it will still get me experience, skills and stuff. I think if that was possible I could look at it then I could look for a paid job. I think it is something I'd look at if it would help me but it's going to get demotivating doing it longer term. Tbf I've only been properly job searching for around a month so it might be likely something might come up anyway, I'm still waiting to hear back from some but I'm not relying on them. Also I have work experience from school and college which most people probably have especially school but some people might not like they might have 0. Also a few jobs I have applied for I have got rejected from haven't necessarily been due to lack of experience. Some of the jobs I applied for they have like a risk assessment questionnaire thing you answer what you would do in certain situations a couple of jobs have rejected me due to them. So maybe I just need to keep trying. I don't want to do volunteering then still be in the same position not getting anything from it or be stuck in it for ages but I have seen online it does and quite a few people are suggesting it to me so if it will help then I would maybe look at it as a short term solution as long as its not, months, years etc.


What do you guys think?

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    lunarcat522lunarcat522 Posts: 450 Listening Ear
    @FordRanger I think it would be a good start as volunteering is something that would set you apart from everyone else, especially because the job market is very competitive at the moment. Unfortunately I would argue that volunteering is one of those things that I would say only really pays off if you're able to commit yourself even for a couple of months as employers aren't only looking at the experience it gives but also your ability to stick to something.

    I would advise maybe 3-6 months as a minimum starting point but the good thing about volunteering is you could even just do an hour a week, and it goes by very quickly so long as you have chosen something that interests you

    The benefit of volunteering is that if you have been there for long enough you could request your manager for a reference when looking for jobs

    You could potentially see if any shops are happy for you to do a work experience placement as that could just be for a couple of weeks meaning it's shorter and if you like the job and they like you they might hire you and it would be more of a fast track

    It's really up to you but that's my thoughts - good luck! <3
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    FordRangerFordRanger Posts: 1,363 Wise Owl
    edited April 11
    Unfortunately I would argue that volunteering is one of those things that I would say only really pays off if you're able to commit yourself even for a couple of months as employers aren't only looking at the experience it gives but also your ability to stick to something.

    I would advise maybe 3-6 months as a minimum starting point but the good thing about volunteering is you could even just do an hour a week, and it goes by very quickly so long as you have chosen something that interests you
    @lunarcat522
    OK, I'll have a a think about what to do. Just a question, where do you get this information from that I need to volunteer that long?

    Thanks for replying anyway.
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    lunarcat522lunarcat522 Posts: 450 Listening Ear
    I'll be honestly that length is just my suggestion because it's not common for people to intentionally only volunteer for a week or so and then leave but it's totally up to you!

    Some organisations will ask for a 6 month minimum commitment though so it depends on the place
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    willowtreeswillowtrees Posts: 13 Settling in
    @FordRanger Have you had any success in finding a job, and did you decide to start volunteering at all?
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    FordRangerFordRanger Posts: 1,363 Wise Owl
    @FordRanger Have you had any success in finding a job, and did you decide to start volunteering at all?

    @willowtrees not yet, I'm focusing back on finding a paid job atm now.
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    willowtreeswillowtrees Posts: 13 Settling in
    @FordRanger How have you been finding that? I'm currently searching for a job too and I have found it really testing on me. What do you do in your spare time?

    But volunteering has really been useful for me, as I honestly do it as a hobby in my spare time and it has given me self-confidence to talk to strangers and be in situations I wouldn't normally like. Something will turn up for you. Try not to lose hope. <3
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    yanayana Community Champion Posts: 1,294 Wise Owl
    Heya @FordRanger I haven't spoken to u in a while! My adhd is playing up and I'm struggling to read your post lol but i recall u struggling with jobs a while ago too so I just wanted to say that I wish u luck and I hope you're ok :)
    my brain is not braining the way brains are meant to brain
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    FordRangerFordRanger Posts: 1,363 Wise Owl
    edited May 21
    yana wrote: »
    Heya @FordRanger I haven't spoken to u in a while! My adhd is playing up and I'm struggling to read your post lol but i recall u struggling with jobs a while ago too so I just wanted to say that I wish u luck and I hope you're ok :)

    @yana hi good to see you, been a while, thought you left here. Are you struggling coz ive not worded it right? Thanks a lot though. Hope everything is good for you.
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    yanayana Community Champion Posts: 1,294 Wise Owl
    your wording is fine @FordRanger my brain just isnt processing words very well 😭😭😭 i feel like my brains deteriorating. anyway yeah i didn't leave i just went suuuper quiet for a while. but yeah keep me updated on the job situation and stuff, im always here if u need to talk! :)
    my brain is not braining the way brains are meant to brain
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    FordRangerFordRanger Posts: 1,363 Wise Owl
    yana wrote: »
    your wording is fine @FordRanger my brain just isnt processing words very well 😭😭😭 i feel like my brains deteriorating. anyway yeah i didn't leave i just went suuuper quiet for a while. but yeah keep me updated on the job situation and stuff, im always here if u need to talk! :)

    @yana I think im lii that at times a bit lol. I doubt your brain is deteriorating. Good you haven't let and sure ill keep you all updated. Thanks so much.
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    FordRangerFordRanger Posts: 1,363 Wise Owl
    edited May 21
    @FordRanger How have you been finding that? I'm currently searching for a job too and I have found it really testing on me. What do you do in your spare time?

    But volunteering has really been useful for me, as I honestly do it as a hobby in my spare time and it has given me self-confidence to talk to strangers and be in situations I wouldn't normally like. Something will turn up for you. Try not to lose hope. <3

    @willowtrees job hunting is not easy. I watch YouTube, go out sometimes etc.

    Yh it can be useful as a hobby and stuff too. Cheers for your support.
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