I work on a short-term funded project for a charity. My current contract expires at the end of March. That’s not too bad you might think except that I work within the third sector where well-paid jobs are very thin on the ground. Originally my contract ended in December but was extended so at least I don’t have the worry of finding a new job when I should really be concentrating on Christmas merriment!!! We have applied for continuation funding but it is unlikely to be successful.
Am I worried that about job hunting? Hell, yes! It get’s harder as you get older. I am in my mid-50s. I don’t have a degree but I do have a wealth of experience. However, the lack of a degree rules out many openings. The age factor shouldn’t make a difference but it does. I am now haunted with images of spending years unemployed.
Why is it a current issue? Because I’ve seen a job advertised that I know I could do and would stand a very good chance of being shortlisted. It is a 3 year contract which is brilliant for the vol/com sector. The problem is that is would mean taking a pay cut of £6000. This is not an insignificant amount. We could survive on the salary but we would have to be very careful and life wouldn’t be fun. Do I want that at my age? Surely at my age life should be getting easier not harder? If I apply for it am I devaluing my worth? I am being unduly pessimistic that there will not be a better job waiting around the corner? At the back of my mind there is the fear that if I pass this job up, I may be making a big mistake.
However, I have decided to go for a more optimistic view on life and not apply for the position but assume that there is a better job with my name on it waiting for me in 2014!!
Wish me luck ….