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LORD BURT

LORD BURT

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I was interested in software engineering at one point. The competition for I.T jobs put me off though and I went down the chem route instead. What drew you to software engineering, and how did you succeed and find work?
Yes there is competition but there are also many opportunities.

I actually studied chem eng at uni, but did not like it too much. I did discover my talent for computing whilst a student, so that is what i went for.
 
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That’s most odd, you studied chem and ended in software. When I was at school I was really into computing and studied programming up to a level (couldn’t go to uni because of the sz) when I left school I really wanted to work in I. T but went into general engineering. Until I had a complete meltdown that put me off work for 10 years. We are like yin and yang.

just an observation. I’m glad I came on this forum and I’m glad that I met you lord Burt. Not only have you given me good advice, but I think in the time to come that we will have most interesting conversations
 
LORD BURT

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That’s most odd, you studied chem and ended in software. When I was at school I was really into computing and studied programming up to a level (couldn’t go to uni because of the sz) when I left school I really wanted to work in I. T but went into general engineering. Until I had a complete meltdown that put me off work for 10 years. We are like yin and yang.

just an observation. I’m glad I came on this forum and I’m glad that I met you lord Burt. Not only have you given me good advice, but I think in the time to come that we will have most interesting conversations
Thanks bro. Yes kinda strange the way things work out
 
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Unemployed but volunteer as a hospitality assistant and had a number of jobs before diagnoses the best was working for YHA England and Wales.
 
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I was an electrical/mechanical technician specialist at an IBM microelectronics plant. I did troubleshooting and repair in equipement maintenance. I was quite good and happy with it until I got ill and my job ended. Now I haven't worked for 16 years but i now volunteer at a charity.
I've worked only two months in ten years but spent five years working on the till as a volunteer for Oxfam which is a charity.
 
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To the op (and anybody else that wants to chip in) what is it that you WANT to do?

I mean if you literally had your pick (nothing daft like astronaut lol) but in the real world. I’m already in the trade I love, engineering. If I could pick from anything I would like to be a forensic lab technician. I love puzzles, studying things and finding evidence.
 
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I have worked as a Carpenter & Joiner since I left school, I am now 48 omg 🙊
I have had the opportunity to work on national trust buildings and Tudor properties, I highly recommend learning through an apprenticeship scheme.
Good tradesmen are in short supply now in 2020 🙂
 
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Glad to hear it, I love working with wood, it’s a hobby of mine. I love the way you can form and craft it, and the way math and geometry come into play to make a visually perfect item.
 
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Aftergraduation 2013 I fell ill I wasn't able to work until 2017. I worked as a kitchen staff in Marco Polo hotel. Then I studied Fashion design and graphic arts. I tried working as a barista in an art gallery.
Currently without a job and just have a few friends who can understand the illness.
 
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JustARide

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I work with adults who have autism, supporting them in their day to day life. I love it. Had to have a lot of time off a few months ago when I relapsed and couldn't cope with work but on new medication now and back working 30-40 hours a week. I dont cope well without work but sometimes it's not an option as when symptoms are bad I don't feel its safe for me to be there.
 
wraziel

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I know that area. Sucks. Now I can't work too much stress. I'm "professional" but is a farce, or I feel like a farce. When I read jobs offers put me very bad, seriously, even people around me thinks that I'm a pro, but no. I'm tired of all this s$"$t I wanna work to get mone for my family, but I cant or is too much hard.
I was interested in software engineering at one point. The competition for I.T jobs put me off though and I went down the chem route instead. What drew you to software engineering, and how did you succeed and find work?
I am a software engineer for the NHS. I started work again in late 2018 after leaving my previous job in 2011. I found a way back.
 
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I get paid benefits, work wise I worked for YHA, worked on the railway and in a nightclub as well as doing factory jobs. Since diagnoses I've volunteered for Oxfam and for the National Trust. I havnt really been employed since diagnoses in 2008 although I did try the workplace recently but quit after only two months.
 
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It’s sad that this illness seems to mean professional suicide in many cases
 
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I have only had one job in my life (I'm 36) and that was as a shop assistant for a few months in 2012 just before I got married. I don't think I could work due to my mental illness. Without meds I am a total mess - I wouldn't be able to look after myself or my husband, let alone work.

I write and paint but my avolition is really bad and I don't do nearly as much as I should of either.
 
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