UnemploymentPosted: December 22, 2011
Recently, my husband and I moved cross-country for his job. We left my career behind. Since I work in healthcare, we figured it would not be difficult for me to find a new place of employment. We were wrong.
I have 8 years of education, good references and experience. Still no job. During my period of unemployment I have discovered:
1). How wasteful I used to be. I shopped for convenience when I was working. Now I think about everything I purchase. Do I need it? Am I getting the most for my money? I used to spend a lot of my former income on convenience and frivolous items. (for example, I used to buy 20 oz soda’s every day I worked. In fact, I usually bought two since I worked 13 hours at a time).
2) How naive I was. I rarely thought about the economy and the effect it has had on people’s lives when I was employed.
3) The value of volunteering. The other day I helped tutor inner-city children at an after school program. Giving my time to those less fortunate is truly humbling.
4) How emotionally draining unemployment is. I constantly wonder, “Why aren’t the recruiters calling me?” “Did they even get my application?” “What if they think I don’t have enough education?!!?” “Why did I spend all that time/money/effort on those degrees if I can’t even use them?” “Why did we move away from my last career?” I also cringe when meeting new people and am asked, “So, what do you do?” I constantly feel as though I have to justify myself.
Recently, I’ve been reading The Nouveau Poor, a blog about a family struggling in the new economy. The author’s posts challenge my views regarding food stamps, welfare and unemployment. Read it. It’s eye-opening.