Diary 17th And 18th May 2017

Photo taken by me – my 2017 diary
Preston, England
May 18, 2017 1:23pm CST
Diary Wednesday 17th May 2017 An interview day with a difference in that I found myself on the interviewing panel for students seeking places on a social work course at the university. As a volunteer service user, I had a chance to be trained in joining the election panel who interviewed some potential student today, though I was strictly speaking there as an observer, I did get to join in the post-interview decision making discussions with the two panel members who asked the questions (after the candidates had left) and it was quite a tough process. I won’t go into details on the decisions we made as that is confidential but it was a very interesting, demanding and highly responsible exercise. As I finished I got a phone call from my welfare officer inviting (summoning) me to an interview myself first thing tomorrow morning, for a possible warehousing job organized by an agency. Diary Thursday 18th May 2017 I had few clue to the exact job I was going to be interviewed for but I narrowed it down to one of two companies and I was right. The interviewer was quite unprepared for the eight of us who turned up though she recovered quickly and most of the morning was spent filling in so many forms they qualify as memoirs. It is likely to be a temporary job in the middle of nowhere and chew right through my paid for and planned house / cat minding, a chance to visit my mum, several paid public speaking opportunities, etc. too. I am hoping the company takes its policy for doing credit checks seriously. The interviewer told us that we have to buy our own safety boots and pay for our own criminal records check though the latter’s fees will be reimbursed. She was supposed to send out e-mails to us all today to say how we are to apply for the record check, but I never received anything today. I had to see my welfare advisor right after the interview (which took place in the same offices) and he was happy as he could see I had been to the interview he himself had arranged. From there I went to the job club, though as the interview, welfare hearing and travel time took up my day’s quota of five hours of compulsory job search time in itself, I had a fairly relaxed afternoon, followed by going out in the sun to take a few more pub sign photos. Arthur Chappell
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• Lakewood, Colorado
18 May
Sounds like that job may be too far away then Arthur. Hope your Mum is doing okay.
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• Preston, England
18 May
@TiarasOceanView it i likely to be problematic but not taking it if the offer is maintained would stop my welfare
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• Lakewood, Colorado
18 May
@arthurchappell Yes I know how that works poor you. They require so much of you.
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@teamfreak16 (36547)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
18 May
Safety boots aren't exactly cheap, either.
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• Preston, England
19 May
@teamfreak16 yes they can be expensive - I do need new boots anyway but the company and agency don't know that and they should be providing these things - the job is also zero hours contract which mean they can reduce my hours at will while obliging me to stay tied to them as employers
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@teamfreak16 (36547)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
19 May
@arthurchappell - That doesn't sound good at all.
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• Preston, England
19 May
@teamfreak16 not sure if charging staff for ppi is even legal
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
18 May
That job just doesn't sound feasible. As it would be more of a hassle than a help.
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• Preston, England
18 May
@thislittlepennyearns the welfare people really don't care about things like that sadly
• Preston, England
19 May
@Lupita234 they often jusst don't care - they put their own targetted quotas before everything
• Bournemouth, England
24 May
Whoever is paying, that's a lot of expense for a temporary job.
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• Preston, England
24 May
@asfarasiknow especially on a zero hours contract
@YrNemo (8553)
19 May
sounds like it is a good job for you, intellectual wise. Hope you like it.
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• Preston, England
22 May
@YrNemo not a job I'd take given a choice but I may get not get a choice in the matter
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19 May
Why on earth would you have to pay for your own safety boots? If the company requires you to wear them, shouldn't they provide them? And why the DBS? That can sometimes take a while to come back at certain times of the year.
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• Preston, England
19 May
@Poppylicious exactly, they should provide their own hazard wear - and a DBS check amounts to looking on a computer so why it is o expenive or time consuming is unclear. It alo impoes heavy payments on the unemployed and amounts to paying the employers a discount on our own salary - to me work is so they pay me not the other way round
@Corbin5 (81676)
• United States
18 May
Does sound like the job you interviewed for would be quite a struggle. The interviewing panel experience does sound interesting, though.
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• Preston, England
18 May
@Corbin5 yes the voluntary activity was very good
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@LadyDuck (121871)
• Switzerland
19 May
It's a shame the job is so far and annoying that you have to pay for your safety boots, as this is a temporary job.
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@manasamanu (3756)
• Bangalore, India
19 May
Looks like a challenging job to you and that interview was interesting. But since you haven't received the mail I think it is still a 50-50 chance for you.
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