Unemployable

Oh god, I’ve just realised that, since the stroke, I am now unemployable!

Prior to the stroke, I did well enough to sell my services to clients up in London. I was well-paid, and was never out of work.

Since the stroke, I’m far less keen on travelling, and in the 6+ months that I’ve been looking locally, I’ve hardly seen any jobs which are even vaguely appropriate.

I was optimistic, therefore, when an IT Lecturer job came up at the local college. I mean, I’ve no experience of teaching save for mentoring junior colleagues, but I figured that I had nothing to lose – my CV is an accurate reflection of what I’ve done, so it was up to the college to decide whether they were appropriate or not.

I was happier still this morning, when I got an email inviting me for interview. I accepted, but never really got the chance to look through all the attachments until this evening. It turns out that they want me to prepare something for the interview which they call a microteach. I’m guessing that’s some kind of presentation, but I’ve realised that I have no clue what to pitch at a 17yo. How much do they already know? How deep do I go? The term “micro-teach” is a foreign language, basically, and I have no clue how to go about planning a whole 90-minute session (which is, presumably, the CFE-equivalent of a lecture).

So I’m left knowing that I can’t let my application progress. I’ve got 25 years’ experience in IT, but micro-Teach tells me that I’m totally unsuited to any form of teaching. And, given that I’ve seen so very few jobs so far, I don’t think I’ll be employable again unless/until I’m able to travel back up to London again.

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      • I know what you mean. I live in Greater Sydney and the work situation locally isn’t great although it’s improved over the last few years. I’m thinking about going down the route of freelance journalism. I have so many stories on my blog which I could turn into something along with my history research. However, it’ll take a bit to get started.

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        • Ha! Thankless task! I have a US friend (a published author) who seems to put a tremendous amount of effort into getting paid a few dollars for the privilege of having their name in print. So writing is never more than a hobby for me. Which is nice because I can “not write” and not feel guilty.
          In my working life I wrote software, which is far more lucrative. Or,which can be. So that kinda has to be my Mon-Fri gig, just keeping myself sharp. Even though I’m working under my own steam at the moment.

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