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Post  princesspurplehippy on Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:33 pm

Well I've got my first interview on Monday which isnt bad going as I was only made redundant 2 weeks ago

The problem is its the same type of work I used to do, its an hour away by bus (dont have access to a car at the mo) and its a lot less money, so I don't really want to job.

My decision, if I get offered the job, do I accept it and keep on looking or turn it down and hope I get a job I do want.

My redundancy money will keep me going for about 9 months but I'd rather save it up than spend it on bills.

What does everyone else think?
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Post  Laikipia on Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:35 pm

scratch That's a tough call PPH. Do you go with your heart or your head?

Go for the interview because it's good to get the practice and can't hurt if you decide you don't want the job.

For me my heart rules everytime - the job you really want is there, and I am sure you will find it.

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ps I know it's easy to comment when I'm not in the same situation so plenty before deciding, which I am sure you are. Oh and well done for getting the interview, brilliant news.
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Post  princesspurplehippy on Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:40 pm

I'm pretty much going to go with my heart as I need to take a chance that a job I want is out there.

The midland office of the RSPB is in Banbury where I live and I have checked on their site and they want someone to work their voluntary for 2 days a week doing admin work. I'm thinking that I could do this voluntary work and get some experience working for a charity again and hopefully some jobs will come up for me
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Post  Laikipia on Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:42 pm

That sounds like a really good idea PPH and certainly good experience to volunteer for a couple of days a week. Still a really tough call though.

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Post  princesspurplehippy on Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:59 pm

I think its just overriding the panic of thinking that I'll never get a job and picking the first one that comes along. I said when I found out I was going to be made redundant that this will be a new start for me and I am going to do something worthwhile and that I want to do

Still scary though
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Post  Laikipia on Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:56 pm

Good for you, easier said than done and definitely scary.

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Post  whitestarling on Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:13 pm

I've always thought you stand a better chance of getting a Job if your in one, but I once did a job I hated, and I have to say it was mind destroying, and I would'nt want to do it again. I think that if you were doing voluntary work a prospective employer would look at that as being in work, and at least you would be happy, and thats worth alot. At the end of the day PPH its your decision, but having experienced it I know what I would do.
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Post  princesspurplehippy on Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:29 pm

I know I would hate it and as great as it is a boost to my confidence to get an interview I know that even before the end of the first week I would be hating it with a vengence.

A friend of mine who has also been made redundant has got a job in a debt collection agency and wants me to come and work with her. I couldnt do that type of work so I said no

Here is the link to the volunteer job at the RSPB its so right up my street

http://www.rspb.org.uk/volunteering/5321-community-fundraising-office-coordinator
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Post  whitestarling on Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:35 pm

That sound really interesting, and your not just doing admin, at leat you are in contact with other people not only by email, and phone, but it seems you will meet new people as well
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Post  princesspurplehippy on Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:55 pm

I used to work for an environmental charity about 8yrs ago before I started working for the company Ive just been made redundant from. The kind of work I used to do was pretty much the same and more as this voluntary position.

I've emailed the person today and hopefully I'll hear back from her soon
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Post  whitestarling on Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:58 pm

Fingers X PPH. Hope everything turns out well for you
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Post  princesspurplehippy on Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:26 pm

Went around to see the RSPB people this morning and I'm going to start doing one day a week helping out with administrating their pin badge scheme where volunteers go around and leave collection boxes and badges in garden centres/shops etc.

I'm really looking forward to it as itll be nice to do something that makes a difference again
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Post  Laikipia on Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:13 pm

That's wonderful news PPH - it will be great to help make a difference and the RSPB is a wonderful charity.

I bet you will really enjoy it and hopefully it will lead on to a full time job in due course.

When do you start?

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Post  whitestarling on Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:22 pm

Well done PPH, you never know where things like this lead to once you get into an organisation, and its one well worth getting into
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Post  princesspurplehippy on Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:47 pm

I start next tuesday in the afternoon only to begin with, I think they want to see what I can do first

It'll be nice to get out of the flat and meet new people
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Post  Laikipia on Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:57 pm

Good luck PPH and let us know how it does on Tuesday.

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Post  Safari Maiden on Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:23 pm

Thats great news, I was looking at some of the wildlife trusts etc. with jobs on their sites and thought of you. So pleased for you and it will be great experience. Any other perspective employers like to see initiative so this is a good organisation to get in with. You will have to keep us uptodate with it all.

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Post  Doogs on Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:26 pm

Well done on the volunteering PPH - here's hoping it's the start of something bigger and better for you cheers
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Post  littlewid on Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:02 pm

Well done PPH, I am sure Tuesday will be fine and they will be so glad to have you I have no doubt about that.
Pleased you decided to go with your heart, it's usually the right way to go as we are often at our happiest. I wish you well.

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Post  princesspurplehippy on Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:53 pm

I'm off for my first afternoon at the RSPB office tomorrow. Really looking forward to it and I've been busy learning as many of the birds on their pin badges so I make sure I send out the right ones when they are ordered.

I'll let you all know how I get on
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Post  whitestarling on Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:59 pm

I bet your really excited PPH. Good idea to learn the Birds,hope everything goes well for you.

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Post  Laikipia on Tue Apr 26, 2011 8:10 am

Good luck this afternoon PPH - hope it goes well for you and you enjoy yourself.

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Post  Doogs on Tue Apr 26, 2011 1:43 pm

All the best for this afternoon PPH - I'm sure you'll love it and they will love you
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Post  princesspurplehippy on Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:33 pm

thanks for all the messages

I was only there for 2 hrs this afternoon but they want me to come back tomorrow and work 10-2

They are all really nice and even though I spent the day sorting their pin badges into the species and bagging them up. It was a worthwhile thing to do and it was nice to get out of the flat and do something rather than watch daytime tv
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Post  whitestarling on Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:30 pm

Thats great PPH, and its good they have asked you back so soon, for double the time. It really does you good to get out doing something, it keeps your brain cells going, and gives you something to look forward to. I know I was out of work for over 12 months due to injury, and could'nt go back to my previous job. It really does help to do something like your doing, it keeps your chin up, and motivated, plus your working for such a good cause
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