I am a 54 year old single grandmother looking for work! I have been unemployed now for nearly 2 years, with just a few short term positions through agencies. I have been in the Admin field for most of my working life, but am finding working in an office intolerable these days.
I know I have a lot to offer, and need to make money because obviously I have to pay rent. The company I was working for downsized and I had to sell my home and relocate several times, which in itself has been extremely exhausting. Currently I am living on my small profit from the selling of my home, but that is quickly running out.
I have a part time job in a deli, earning $8.00 per hour, and that is a very demanding job. I have contemplated starting my own business, but my energy level is not where it should be after all these life changes in my life.
What should I do and where should I go from here? Everyone thinks I am together and that I am motivated, but I am really struggling....Can you help?
Dear Another Grandma,
I can see you are having a difficult time. If you have had some formal training you should go back and talk to the counselor of the school you attended. They are always eager to help or you might try registering with an employment agency. They will certainly try to place you in a field that you prefer.
Do you have any skills? You could be a baby sitter. Is it possible that you could advance where you are now working? Do you have children or friends who could help you? There always seems to be employment ads in the daily papers. You could apply or you could put your own ad in stating your abilities and your box number or your phone. But don't use your full name -- just your first name will suffice.
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