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Why my life sucks, part 2
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The continuing explanation of why my life sucks utterly. I explained recently how I had absolutely no social life to speak of. Now I wish to discuss fiscal matters. See, I am more or less entirely unemployable. For example:

I have no qualifications beyond A-levels (high school)
Since getting them over three and a half years ago, I have done pretty much nothing with my life
As such, not only do I have no qualifications, I also have ansolutely no work experience.
I also have remarkably few useful skills.
My mental health is precarious
I can't keep to a regular 24 hour day -- attempting to do so gives me Insomnia From Hell
I don't interact well with the public at large. To be more precise, people tend to react badly to me, and I react badly to that.
I have the sort of voice that people frequently need to ask me to repeat stuff before they undersyand it, especially over the phone.

Would you employ me? No, of course not. Nor would I. And I can't claim jobseekers allowance because I'm too fucked up to even seek a job. So instead I need to try to claim disabled living allowance, which I need to look into and see my doctor about and bleh. I suck.

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Well, the "no qualifications" thing doesn't have to stay that way... Stella had nine years of school ("Hauptschule"), so not even O-levels, and she went back to school year before last to get a diploma roughly equivalent to O-levels.

So if you have A-levels, it should be possible to start some university, shouldn't it, regardless of how long it's been since you left school?

Also, the "finding a job" thing depends a bit on which job... for example, if the IT scene is similar in England to the one in Germany, you'll have a hard time without at least some university, preferably a degree in a closely related area, but if you just want to earn money, then especially manual things such as construction, car or motorcycle mechanics, salespeople, florists, hairdressers, plumbers, etc. usually work by apprenticeship and (at least over here) are generally open to people with O-level education and no experience, since they train you on the job.

(On the other hand, the "precarious mental health" and "no regular day" may make these difficult. The "no regular day" might work in some programming places, though :D)

I don't know your situation but I'm not sure whether it's appropriate to label yourself "more or less entirely unemployable" at this stage.


I'm on Income Support (due to incapacity) and I'm studying at the same time. Works out quite nicely, though the money isn't great.

I'd employ you if I had money. Maybe someone with money feels the same. Ponder on that.

Could you teach yourself something concrete aka Java or C(C++) from a book or something. I am hoping to learn java some more when my java book arrives, I've ordered one which doesn't require previous programming experience.

This might be something you could do when you are awake/coherent/able without being a huge strain. This might be of help to you in some programming jobs, if you can say you taught yourself to program and stuff...

Wish I had more helpful suggestions, but unfortunately not.


p.s you can download and print DLA forms, lmk if you want me to do one for you and shove it on the toaster. Additionally if you want me to go thru it with you then I am also happy to do that. I reckon you could get some semblance of support thru them based on mental health, they're becoming more aware of it now iirc.

Programming languages are the least useful "concrete" thing you can set out to teach yourself about computers, unfortunately. If the only program you understand is Hello World (FCVO "understand", you can pile in some fairly deep stuff underneath it) it doesn't matter how many languages you can express it in!

A better idea IME is to pick an area of programming you're interested in and learn that, picking up languages and APIs as you need them. This gives more of an incentive to pick up new techniques as your existing ones prove unable to tackle a problem effectively, and has the bonus of producing programs that do something you're actually interested in.

I'm happy to offer advice and talk over coding problems, I'm fairly sure you'd both get more out of it than some of the newbies in #flipcode.

Yeh, if you could print out the forms for me and shove them next to the toaster then that would be really useful. If you do that, then I'll look over them, and then get back to you if (when) I need help with them. Thanks a lot.

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