Today was bad day.
First phone call I got today was my job network. Telling me that they think I won’t get work in libraries, that I should start thinking about a new career path. 2 months after I pushed myself to complete a 12 month diploma, in libraries.
Then I get a call from fair trading about the whole printer fiasco.
Basically: Bought a new printer, worked for a while, then stopped. The store refused to send it away for repairs or replace it. Told us to contact the company for possible repairs. Company told us because the store sold it to us with generic inks we would have to pay for repairs despite it being less than 12 months old. (Was maybe 7 months at this point).
Bought a second printer from the same store. 3 months in it stopped working too, same thing too, inks stopped detecting in the printer.
Told them, they again told us to contact the company. We finally got ahold of the repair centre closest to us, they have stupid hours and we can’t get the printers there. Told store we were sick of being run around and we wanted a replacement. They said if we had the reciept and box we could get a refund.
Took the printer in to them. They needed to test it. Said it would be half an hour. We went and had lunch, went back and they hadn’t done it yet.
We walked around for an hour. Went back. Hadn’t tested.
We waited four hours in total, the last time we went they had tested but just not called us to say it was done.
They admitted it was faulty but refused to replace or refund us.
They won’t even send it to the repair centre themselves.
So I went to fair trading, who have tried to get something done. But the manager is refusing to do anything because he’s sure they can be repaired.
We had to buy a printer 2 weeks ago, that I now can’t get to detect to my computer. Need to contact Canon and see what the fucking problem is before I start throwing printers at walls.
But yeah, shitty news.
Then I finally heard back from the library I interviewed with a few weeks back. They wanted a temp part timer, and were also creating a pool of casuals.
I wasn’t successful. For either.
The first time round was that my interview answers weren’t good enough.
( Eye contact: Check. Examples for all answers: Check. Fidgeting: Nope. Speaking clearly: Check. Being happy and smiling: Check)
Then they said I didn’t have enough customer service experience, and that was why.
( 5 years varied retail, call centre, own 2 freelance businesses, worked in a library as part of the diploma, not enough? )
SO it kind of played on the whole thing with the job network earlier as well, saying I wouldn’t get work in libraries.
Queue giant black cloud of doom. With extra gloom.
Getting out of the house for dinner, and seeing Guardians of the Galaxy made me feel a little better, but I’m still really down about everything.
It took me years to work out what career path I might be interested in, and if it would be viable with me being in a wheelchair more and more. Libraries was something I thought could work.
Now I have to start again.
I have to find something I enjoy, that I could see myself doing for a long time and something that will accomodate my wheelchair.
The fuck am I going to pick?
I’m going to end up in a dead end job again, and then another, and another for the rest of my fricking life.
That’s if I’m lucky enough to even land that, but after 6 years of this crap, I very much doubt it.
I’ve retrained in new careers through TAFE twice now. I’ve almost had 2 different traineeships. I apply for everything I think I can do from my chair. And I get fucking nowhere.
And now I’m supposed to pick a new career?
What is there that I can do for the rest of my life that I enjoy?
I’m pretty sure avoiding people is not a career that pays.