Perhaps today was a blessing in disguise, it’s hard to tell, it felt more like a slap around the face than a backhanded compliment. Today I quit my job, the reasons behind my departure revolved, predominantly, around their reluctance to pay me what was owed to me; I will state however that, whilst a discrepancy with my pay could have contributed to this, I probably left because a combination of: the job, the people and my manager really made me feel undervalued and unsatisfied.
This leaves me in a peculiar situation and, more notably, one that is extraordinarily unlikely, I’m now in the position to earn far more money that I was before, for doing significantly less work; I now qualify for job seekers allowance. To most people this is the last resort and in a way it is for me as well, to the rest of the population JSA is a sharp fall in pay but for me the inverse is true, I’d earn more money.
It’s a matter of principle really, I’d rather earn less money and not be on job seekers allowance than earn more on it, however that’s an idealistic point of view and, unfortunately, since I’ve not been paid for three months, I now ‘have’ to apply for this government support in order to make ends meet. There was a time that I’d have been too proud to accept something akin to JSA, but, needs must and I need that cash injection. In truth I know that I would rather be in work, earning less money, than out of work, earning more; it’s an odd sentiment to hold, but it’s one I’m certain many people can relate to. Principle is king.
Principles aside however I know that I have basic needs, I need: a house, food and drink (and most importantly, internet), and all of these things cost money, money I don’t have.
So today was a blessing in disguise for two reasons.
- One: I’m in a position to earn more money, potentially more than double what I was earning before.
- Two: I’ve got a chance to actually try and find a job that I can stand for a year and one that will allow me to earn, both, more money and wont make me want to jump off a bridge.
So, we’ll see where this takes me, but I suppose all the travelling I’ll be doing around town should at least allow me to make a dent in my new choice of book.