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I was Mordred writes, "I've been out of work for a while now... however, every cloud must have a silver lining. Tell us your stories of the upside to unemployment."

You can tell us about the unexpected downsides too if you want.

(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 10:02)
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Thankyou helpful bloke with beard
Don't know your name, sorry.

I put down on my jobseeker form that I was interested in accounting and computer programming roles even though I'd never had any sort of job since saturdays at Tesco when I was in the Sixth Form.

I enrolled on a book-keeping evening course at the local college but those few weeks convinced me that accounting wasn't for me so IT it was then.

When I went to sign on, I asked woman with an attitude whether there were any computer programming courses I could go on. "We don't do anything like that" she said in her condescending tone.

A few weeks later I signed on at helpful bloke with beard's desk. He looked at my notes and said "I see you're interested in computer programming, we offer a course in C++, would you like to go on it?".

So for 16 weeks I travelled to Cambridge most days. Couldn't afford every day as 35 per week Income Support plus the extra 10 they gave me for attending the course didn't leave much change after the 7 per day rail fair. I did complete the course though and thoroughly deserved my NVQ4 in C++ programming.

This enabled me to get my first proper job as a Junior Developer and has put me on a path of ever increasing salaries and eventually contracting. I now find myself sat at home for a few weeks between contracts with a pile of dosh in my business account, playing games and reading B3ta.

So, helpful bloke with beard, thanks for helping me and thanks for giving me a career.

And, woman with an attitude, I can but hope that you are as miserable on the inside as you are on the outside and that you are no longer employed in a role that allows you to fuck up young people's chances of getting the help and encouragemnent that they need.
(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 14:54, closed)
It's so strange that a single person or moment can change ones life so dramatically.

Having said that, you have done all the work yourself. A lot of people wouldn't have done or been able to do that course. Now you're in the obscenely lucrative world of contracting, purely from a lot of graft and a little help from a beard. Kudos.

Clickety click!
(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 15:04, closed)
This is EXACTLY the type of story I hoped would come from this QotW...

Sometimes, a click just isn't enough.
(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 15:54, closed)
I like this.

(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 16:07, closed)
Me too!
I didn't do C++, I did AutoCAD, but the post is largely the same! Contracting, yum!

That miserable cow, or maybe her sister, told me, when I went to sign back on, that I'd only been on the course to get off the stats for 3 months! Bitch!

She then told me that 16,000 pa wasn't realistic (in 1997). Within 2 years, I wouldn't have got out of bed for 16k!

It was great fun filling in the DSS 'feedback' form that arrived a few months after I'd started my new career.
(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 20:46, closed)
I'd get out of bed for £16k
We are talking per week right? ;-)
(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 20:53, closed)

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