I’m so Jammy!

My first week of unemployment wasn’t really how I thought it would be. On Monday and Tuesday I went to bed and got up late, relaxed, walked with O.J and visited my granny. Normal enough stuff when I have time off.

I had to contact a disability organisation about a query, they asked me how things were in general and I told them about my job. A few hours later they contacted me to tell me about a part-time receptionist job that they needed someone to cover for 4-6 weeks. I wasn’t too interested but had to meet them to talk about other things. I went to meet them on Wednesday and came back with a job!

I don’t mean to sound like a snob, but reception work- answering phones and doing partly inaccessible work like photocopying and faxing is my idea of a nightmare job. I don’t ever want a job just because it is suitable for a blind person. Years ago people usually always worked on switchboards, and many people assume that that’s what I did before. I’m not saying I’m too good for that, or that it isn’t a worthy job. That’s not true at all, but it’s not something I would really like to do. I don’t ever want to be in a job that I don’t enjoy. I also don’t want the work that I do to be only partly accessible. That way, I’ll never feel that I’m working to my full potential.

I’m very grateful that they asked me, especially since I have little admin experience. The job is only two days a week, with a couple of hours of computer work that I can do from home. It is a chance to keep busy and earn some extra money that I would not have had otherwise. I will also have an opportunity to help solve some accessibility issues that the organisation is having. They have been very accommodating so far, and are excited to have O.J in the office.

I learned the route from the bus to the building with O.J today. It is a short walk and he’s picked it up very quickly and seems to be excited being somewhere new. It will be simple enough, as long as the bus driver lets me off at the correct place. If not, I’m in big trouble as I don’t know my way around Letterkenny at all. The area of the town that I’m in is unbelievably inaccessible.

I want to mention two other things:
If you like traditional Irish music, check out Darragh’s new radio show and give him your support. It will be broadcast on Saturdays from 7 PM. Plans for future shows sound great. Find out all the info
here
And keep an eye on digitaldarragh.com.

The stuartlawler.ie podcast has also gone live on
HKC radio
At 3 PM on Saturdays. Check out
his site
For more details.

PS. Just encase your wondering, the Glen Hansard and Mark Geary gig that I mentioned in the last post raised 6,500 euros for Haiti. Very impressive!

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5 thoughts on “I’m so Jammy!

  1. Oi well I guess getting a paycheck is good but doing work you hate is no fun at all. Hope you are able to manage with it ok and not get too bored or frustrated.

  2. Jen, Thanks for commenting to my blog, it reminded me to come over here and check up on you. Sorry to hear you lost your job, that seems to be going around these days. My husband has been unemployed since July and we've gotten very good at being frugal!As for your new job, I am just like you, I don’t ever want a job just because it is suitable for a blind person. But sounds to me like you are taking a job that is *not* very suitable to a blind person and making it accessible. Kudos to you!

  3. Great to hear from you again Beth. I'll do my best to make the job accessible anyway and make sure I don't get too bored. I just have to make the most of it while i'm there.

  4. Hi! Thanks for following me! 🙂 I'm applying for a guide dog at Guide dogs for the Blind, it's in San Rafael, California and also in Boring, Oregon. I should be going to get my first guide dog this summer! 🙂

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