In the employment desert
Today I met with an employment counselor to discuss the possibility of going back to school. She was absolutely useless, basically telling me that since I already have a Bachelor’s Degree, I don’t qualify for anything to help fund retraining (never mind my father got something like that a few years ago and he had his Master’s). Basically also gave me a bit of an attitude, at least what I was sensing, like “unless you can afford to live in another city full-time first before you get a job, you might as well settle for what’s here”. There are jobs in my city, but there’s very little that aren’t call centre or Wal-Mart jobs. Of if there are, I don’t really have the specific skill set (without going back to school), or they’re for something I’m completely ill-suited for. I honestly got more help from the place in Halifax I dropped in. Maybe she’s paid to keep people from fleeing the crumbling city; I don’t know. She’s not worth getting worked up over, let alone her cushy paycheck.
The plan I have is just to do something for the next year (pay down some debt, get space, save money) and go back to school the year after that. I’m wondering whether I should do Fredericton, Halifax, or another city. I have a feeling my relocation options are limited to where I can get to within a day. I’d love to go further afield and I wonder if I should get out of the Maritimes, but at the same time I feel like I’ve missed the train on career paths and opportunities, wasted too much time in the call centres, and basically cancelled out my degree.