• Welcome! It’s great to see you.

    If you'd like to talk with people who know what it's like

    Our forum members are people, maybe like yourself, who experience mental health difficulties or who have had them at some point in their life.

Success

E

Eugene1988

Member
Joined
Dec 25, 2020
Messages
11
Location
Ukraine
Has anyone been successful in professional life before his / her diagnoses? What was your salery? I live in Ukraine, had a job in international trading. It is so tough to know that previous bright and successful life is over.
 
LORD BURT

LORD BURT

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 8, 2013
Messages
36,889
Location
England
You are still young - you can have another shot at your career. I took a 7-year sabbatical where I focused on getting better. I am a software dev specialist.
 
LORD BURT

LORD BURT

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 8, 2013
Messages
36,889
Location
England
@LORD BURT How do you explain your 7 year sabbatical on your CV?
In first job back I was simply honest about it. However I did mention my voluntary work and courses that I took. I did not specify my diagnosis just said it was mental health in the interview.
 
LORD BURT

LORD BURT

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 8, 2013
Messages
36,889
Location
England
I did not put mental health on my cv btw just the voluntary work and courses
 
E

Eugene1988

Member
Joined
Dec 25, 2020
Messages
11
Location
Ukraine
What about other stories? Can anyone say that she/he wad successful before illness? What was your success about? Sorry for my English. The disease has decresed my knowldege significantly.
 
LORD BURT

LORD BURT

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 8, 2013
Messages
36,889
Location
England
Success is more than a job bro. Success is being a good individual, simple as that. I would rather speak to a good person who does a low paid job than someone who is highly paid but a trickster and a cheat.
 
L

Lab rat

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 6, 2020
Messages
1,019
Location
UK
What about other stories? Can anyone say that she/he wad successful before illness? What was your success about? Sorry for my English. The disease has decresed my knowldege significantly.
I was a lab manager, successful and highly paid before I got ill.

When I got ill, I did all the shit jobs that no one else wanted. It was however, lots of fun being a bouncer.

I too, took a long sabbatical. In fact, with this virus I’ve been unemployed nearly a year. I’ve retrained myself during that time. Like Burt, I’m looking to work in software engineering particularly front end engineering (for no other reason that it’s what I enjoy doing) but who knows? You can’t predict the future and my mh has gotten worse over the coronavirus period, I’m certainly not ready for work in the immediate future, I would just loose the job!
 
boudreauj4

boudreauj4

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 6, 2017
Messages
866
I was a microelectronics plant technician specialist. I was quite successful at it and I repaired deep UV lasers and photolithography tools. 20 years ago my annual salary was about $52,000 US. As I got more ill and the schizophrenia took control over my life I became less and less able to function at my job, until I was finally laid off. I quickly got another job and failed at it miserably, couldn't handle the stress and was finally hospitalized for the first time for mental illness. I haven't worked since and for a long time I felt like a total failure in life for not being able to work. It made me very depressed. But finally I started volunteering at a charity in my town and I think that has helped me to improve greatly. It has helped my symptoms get better, and I have become a much happier person. Sometimes I wonder if I could go back to work, or if I should go back to work. I have a strong fear of trying to go back to work because of my terrible experiences of my last two jobs ending. I also feel like I'm in a good place right now and I don't want to mess it up. I'm not symptom free, but I'm relatively stable, mood wise and money wise.
 
Top