3 thoughts on “Getting a Job: Using Public Service Agencies

  • November 15, 2018 at 3:24 am

    Two years ago it was suggested to me by my therapist that I try the local Voc. Rehab office here in Maine. I had been hesitant up to that point because my mindset was that since it had always been easy for me to find a job (prior to becoming disabled) that I “should be able to do it on my own.” NOT very accurate–or kind to myself I might add!
    So I go to the required group orientation that lasted about 90 min. Initially informative, it quickly evolved into a mind numbing process of having a person who would put up slides on the screen and read them to us word for word.
    Not long after, (I’m guessing a week if I remember correctly) I was assigned a worker. I met with her once a week for several weeks going over my work experience, my goals, my disability limitations. Then we spent some time doing testing re: interests and what I am good at, skilled in, where my interests lie. Like you, I told her politely that I was in the workforce for years, I know where my interests lie and have a pretty good amount of insight into my strengths and weaknesses! She informed me nicely that “testing is part of the process” so I was cooperative as usual.
    Then I had something come up that caused me to have a hard few weeks–NOT incapacitated but just emotionally overwhelmed to a certain extent. She then began spreading appts out because “I don’t want to see you too stressed out because of the added stress of this process.” I explained I was okay and still wishing to move forward.
    Then I couldn’t reach her for a few weeks–she was on vacation and “forgot to tell you apparently!” Not long after that she went on maternity leave–I didn’t even know she was pregnant–I thought she’d just put on a little weight–and I called for an appointment and was told she was out. Then when she got back several months later, she emailed me that she was being put on another position so I’d have to see another worker. At the time, I had lost confidence in the process and so I declined because I felt I would have better luck on my own.

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    • November 15, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Wow, that is discouraging. I hope you do find something wonderful on your own. For what it’s worth, I consider you a good writer.

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      • November 22, 2018 at 3:12 am

        Hi Kristin,
        Your compliment re: my writing means a lot–thank you for saying that! I have actually been writing for quite some time now — though by no means regularly.
        I began writing poetry and wrote my first poem at age 13. I had no idea until that moment that I could write a poem lol. It was called “Friendship.” I didn’t think it was very good, yet I remember the few people I dared show it to really liked it. That was and is the norm for me even today, I am very much a perfectionist when it comes to my writing lol!
        Since then, I have written about 200 poems. I have evolved over time and with maturity and have gotten a little bit braver about sharing my work. I had a few minor publications when in high school and then there were several times when I was asked to write a poem for a special occasion such as a wedding or birth of a child. In addition, I have read at a few weddings as well as my then church’s Valentine’s banquet. Once, I was asked to write a play for the banquet. That was a challenge but it was very well received!
        I haven’t written in quite some time but still hope to write my memoir someday!

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