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
And keep an eye on digitaldarragh.com.
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!