#022 – Employment History

I wasn’t always unemployed. I worked from the day I was legally able. My first job was at Macca’s when I was fifteen. This was a real shitty job but it was my first taste of having an income. I was making next to nothing – just doing casual houses – outside of school. I was working at a supermarket too. I prefered this work to Macca’s but I was making hardly anything there either. Five bucks an hour!

My family moved from Bendigo to Melbourne. I continued to work at Macca’s – still casual hours. I left school early. I made it halfway through year ten before dropping out so my hours increased. I was working 11am to 4:30 Monday to Friday. This really sucked. I knew I couldn’t continue working over that bloody grill so I found employment at Coles. At first I really enjoyed this. I was working in the fresh produce department and compared to Macca’s this was a great job. I was studying full time at art school in the city so my hours were once again casual. I finished my diploma course but not being able to find work in the graphic design industry I ended up going full-time at Coles working my way up through the ranks to fresh produce manager. I was in charge of about 15 people, ordering, sales and everything else that comes with management.

I quit Coles and started my own business as a web and print designer but this didn’t last long. I was great behind the computer and loved the design side of things but meeting with clients became to much. My anxiety took over. I had a few good clients. A real estate agency, an architecture firm, a landscaping company and a few others. This fell apart because of the communication side of things.

Looking back Coles was a good job. If I was to find employment again I would probably choose to work for a supermarket… I like to set my goals high! I worked for Safeway as dairy manager along the way too.

After a few years of working these positions I became unwell and had to resign as I was too sick to work. I was taking tonnes of time off, drinking and smoking pot on the job and basically not giving a damn. The shit hit the fan and I was admitted to the Melbourne Clinic in the ICU ward. I didn’t fully understand what was happening to me until I was diagnosed by the professor. He told me I was unfit to work.

I was placed on a disability support pension and lived off that for a while. Things must have improved at some point because I found work at a produce farm as a quality insurer. The same thing happened with this mob too. I basically wasn’t preforming and I was heavily medicated. I quit but I would have only been fired if I stayed.

I went back on disability and I have been on it ever since. I have never been able to keep employment. I very occasionally work with my dad who is a chirppy but this is rare and to be honest I hate the work. I even did a pre-apprenticeship in carpentry course at Tafe but like most other things I never finished it. Along with mental illness I might have commitment issues!

Published by aperfecttool83

I'm a 37 year old who lives in Melbourne Australia. I have many interests but I want to base this blog on my mental health. I have schizophrenia, depression & anxiety. I have 15 years experience with psychiatrists and I have had close to 20 hospital admissions. I plan on writing about my delusions, voices, paranoia, depression and how to deal with them psychiatrists :) I really hope this blog can help someone. Please feel free to contact me and I promise to get back to you. Have a nice day!

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