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Old 12-31-2018, 11:18 PM
 
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I’m 27. Art History degree that is five years old.

Career track thus far:

Jimmy Johns - first job, quit after two weeks
(May 2007 - May 2007)
Work study jobs in college, didn’t do much of anything
(2010-2012)
Better work study job in campus museum, pay for little work
(2012-2014)
Summer internship in large museum
(2012)
Unemployed, did nothing but feel sorry for myself
(May 2014-May 2015)
Papa Johns driver
(May 2015 - August 2015)
Japanese restaurant busboy, fired after one week
(January 2016)
Delivered food through apps, and other odd jobs
(February 2016 - July 2016)
Dishwasher, first full time job, did well
(August 2016 - January 2017)
Office assistant, good first year, mediocre
second year, resigned voluntarily to go to a mental hospital (January 2017 - July 2018)

I really have committed very little to anything in life so far, and I can’t see that changing, but I do need to find work soon. Unfortunately I’m still enrolled in a mental health program out of state, so I will be looking for work without a car, without open availability (frequent appointments) and while still in poor health. Everyone is hounding me, I am hounding me to get a job — any job — but I have no direction and a flimsy resume. I am hoping to get another secretarial job, or even as a legal assistant. I do enjoy doing detail oriented work.

Apologies for the awkward style of this post; I am on my phone.
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Old 01-01-2019, 08:56 AM
 
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Do you qualify for any type of disability while you get things straightened out? Is there a good public transportation system where you are at?
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Old 01-01-2019, 10:14 AM
 
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Do you qualify for any type of disability while you get things straightened out? Is there a good public transportation system where you are at?
No. My GAF score is 50. If it was 49 I could go on disability though. GAF measures general functioning in mentally ill people. I am basically disabled but I think the psychiatrist wants me to make something of myself

I live in Houston but my mental health resident advisors drive me around
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Old 01-01-2019, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Can you use you AH degree by working in a museum? What happened after your internship??

Your work history is not poor just not focused...
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Old 01-02-2019, 09:19 AM
 
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You are in a Conservative state. They don't care much for people with Disabilities. You'll need to move to a more Liberal state to get more comprehensive benefits.
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Old 01-03-2019, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Albany, NY
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Iím 27. Art History degree that is five years old.

Career track thus far:



I really have committed very little to anything in life so far, and I canít see that changing, but I do need to find work soon. Unfortunately Iím still enrolled in a mental health program out of state, so I will be looking for work without a car, without open availability (frequent appointments) and while still in poor health. Everyone is hounding me, I am hounding me to get a job ó any job ó but I have no direction and a flimsy resume. I am hoping to get another secretarial job, or even as a legal assistant. I do enjoy doing detail oriented work.

Apologies for the awkward style of this post; I am on my phone.
mistermaggie : I feel like you would be an excellent (part-time) research assistant at a college library or a museum. My 29 yr old son has a BS in Fine Arts & finds it very difficult to find work in the field due mostly( I believe) to the fact that he didn't do any internships in college ( cue mom's eyes rolling)!

as an aside, You need to feel proud of accomplishing your degree! Shows you CAN see things through to completion !!
I am 52 have mild bipolar, straight A's in high school . Five attempts at college & I have not completed a two year degree.
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Old 01-05-2019, 11:21 AM
 
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You are in a Conservative state. They don't care much for people with Disabilities. You'll need to move to a more Liberal state to get more comprehensive benefits.
I am not looking for disability checks, but to work and take pride in what I do.
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Old 01-06-2019, 04:24 AM
 
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I am not looking for disability checks, but to work and take pride in what I do.
Whether you like it or not. The reality is employers WILL discriminate and you will need all the help you can get paying for food, medicine, shelter as well as a role which can accommodate your needs. It's not just a check. It's counseling and connections to resources/programs.
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:52 AM
 
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OP is only 27. It will be near impossible to get disability for a mental health issue at that age without some serious medical history (such as patterns of hospitalization, suicide attempts, etc.).

I think you just need to revamp your resume. Work on condensing your history, elimate jobs that you left after only a few weeks, focus on the ones that will give you the best references and experience. Of course, never lie on a resume, but sometimes it helps just to change it around a bit, streamline it, focus on the jobs you held the longest.

You are very young and you write well. You will find something, do not give up!

Employers want to see a pattern of hard work - doesn't matter if you washed dishes, etc. It is still honest work.
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:55 AM
 
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Since you enjoy "detail", have you considered an entry level accounting clerk position?
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