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ESA WRAG- is it expected that you look for work?

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What is expected? I get on with my adviser but sadly it's like he believes the front i put up. It is annoying because he keeps mentioning work and while i was at another talk (its to do with anxiety) which is held in the same building (all the workers know each other).
And the other adviser said that its great to do voluntary work so i think yeah it sounds good! to be honest i have already been looking at some voluntary positions which have really got me wanting to apply. but when i mentioned it to my adviser i was expecting him to be pleased. but no, he wouldn't stop going on about why i should get paid work instead of voluntary. i tried telling him how i felt about the situation but its like he listens but doesn't take notice.

So basically, what i am getting as is am i legally required to look for work? because i really dont feel ready for it and my pushy adviser is really making me stressed!
 
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Pretty sure you don't HAVE to look for work, only that you should be 'trying' to make working part of your life again.
 
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Yeah well I am, hence looking into voluntary work :) just wish I could afford not to be on benefits. Would be such a relief!
 
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Yeah well I am, hence looking into voluntary work :) just wish I could afford not to be on benefits. Would be such a relief!
So just tell your advisor that you're making active steps to try and get into work by first "testing the water" with voluntary work, getting used to being around people and out of the house again. Say that if you rush it you're likely to be overwhelmed and right back where you started.

If he doesn't like your answer, tell him to back off pressuring you and put in a complaint to a manager. Those advisors like to pretend they control your benefit so they try to manipulate you. They're just pencil pushers. Don't let them try and rush you into doing anything you're not ready to.

If at any point he tells you that you HAVE to be applying for jobs, he is lying. You just need to be taking active steps and doing voluntary work a few hours a week is an active step.

Good luck.
 
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It is absolutely NOT expected that you look for work, so don't worry.
The idea is to engage in "work-related activities". Depending on the agency working for you, that can include activities they have to offer such as CV writing and interview skills.
Or, that can be something like voluntary work or a college course.
As KeepYourChinUp said - if you are pressured into looking for a job when you are not ready, then ask to talk to a senior member of staff because this is not part and parcel of being on ESA. x
 
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