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So I just got let go from my job last week as operations manager was in the role for 6 months, previously I was a transport supervisor at different company for 1 year pay averaging at 25k lot of responsibilities zero recognition.

Now at 33 it’s kinda of daunting being out of work. Yes I’m considered as a mature worker, however with zero relevant qualifications in my current field, I’m in competition with 23-27 years olds, who are most likely fresh faced out of uni highly liked in recruitment, live at home with mum&dad or maybe have a 1 kid homes. Who I find from speaking to colleagues during work breaks or through general conversation are often happy to work and survive on 20-24k salaries to avoid paying off any student loans.

I want to be clear this not my testimony about all people in this age range nor do I mean to offend.

It Just My perception of the job front not saying all belows 30’s are like that I wasn’t my self when I was 23.

I got a woman, 4 kids, a dog, a car and a bike, meant to be looking into a mortgage soon o_O Fat chance job hoping offices or manual labour jobs.


I have had enough :triumph: my Mrs has had enough too tbf :flushed:. Yes all industries are challenging and I have read in other forums of current sparkies saying the markets saturated with qualified Electricians, but I’m not deterred.

I tried many years ago when I was 23 but because I was unemployed, I had to sign on to get my rent, council tax & job seeker benefits.
The job centre said I wasn’t making my self available to actively seek work.
My college tutor who of no help said I was failing to attend my weekly tutorial on Monday as I had to sign on and attend job focused interviews randomly 2 times a week which made my attendance in sufficient.

So I had 2 choices,
1) do the course and hope to find work in 12-18 months & go with no money possibly lose my flat,
or
2) get a job, put food on the table for my 2 kids at the time, Say bye to Gov hand outs and fend for my self then hope I find a valuable carrer path.

Took option 2 but the carrer never became valuable, companies don’t want to give you industry qualifications only in house training.
I was in 1 job for 7 years went from a 0hr contract to a salary in the last 3 years. But because I got a conviction, it being non work related didn’t matter a crim conviction was classed as gross misconduct in my conract.
Even then I still wasn’t making close to what I would have if I chose option 1 and became a sparky at 23.


So that’s my long winded introduction I’m 33 jobless as of last week.
Joined the forum to find some answers as well as guidance on my journey from Novice-Trainee-to Spark.

Theres a lot of information online that can make it confusing to find a starting point.

Ive looked at those 6week - 6 month intense courses. Saw 1 that was £7,000 if I had 7k to throw at 6month course I shouldn’t be working really, I should be investing in stock and shares surely?

What price are considerd reasonable for these types of courses any advice ???

I’m just about to start today to look on some college based or part time course that allow me time off to work.

Any suggestion I’m based in South London
Course names ?
Colleges names ?


Kinda some one would read my thread sympathetic to my cause and offer some life line suggestions or any schemes that may be recruiting???


I would happily at present work the days in between with any sparky to get knowledge for £50 day rate is that too much ?

I’m Not desperate to be paid at all but 100% desperate to get in to a sustainable learning environment be it practical or theoretical



If you read that brain dump thank you for your time.
Any feed back would be highly appreciated
 
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