...After what was beginning to seem like an eternity, I managed to get a job lined up. Starting on Monday, I'll be working for a small firm in Sheringham which provides book-keeping, accounting and similar services. In the meantime I've been getting all the necessary paperwork and other bits and pieces concerning my Jobseekers' Allowance claim sorted out. However, I discovered that as a result of working just a few extra hours a week, I will no longer qualify for help with the rent or Council Tax. I won't even qualify for Tax Credits (as I'm not 50 years old yet.) I'm now wondering if single men with no dependents should be classed as an ethnic minority. After all, as Paul points out in his latest blog entry - they pay as much in tax and National Insurance contributions as everyone else does, but they get very little (if any) assistance from the government. (but that's another point for another time...)
The interview for the job went well, but I did start to get a bit uncomfortable when the chap interviewing me thought that I had been (and these were his exact words) "sent from God"! I was told that the company was only a small two-person operation, run by this chap and his wife until she passed away recently - so he viewed the arrival on his doorstep of my CV as more of a "God-incidence" than a coincidence. In any case, he concluded that any help I could give him would be invaluable. There was even talk of moving to new office space nearer Sheringham town centre as well as some new software which is being developed at the moment, so I could be going into my new job at an interesting stage of the company's development.
Before I go, I have to thank Mark Webster & Fin Duncan at the North Norfolk Workout Project for giving me some much needed work experience over the last 10 months, and I wish them all the best in their future endeavours - especially as they're in the process of setting up the new community group for the Workout Project in the next 8-12 weeks, so I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for them.
Oh well, onwards and upwards....
- Mark Radbourne
- Cromer, Norfolk, United Kingdom
I'm a former hospital radio/club/mobile DJ, avid record collector and amateur musician (playing guitar, keyboards, recorder, harmonica and percussion.) I've even filled in on bass guitar for a couple of local bands as well (although that was quite a few years ago). Also interested in Motorsports, Wrestling/Mixed Martial Arts and Classic Television and Radio from the 1960s - 1980s.
Why am I on here? Well, I'm just trying to make some sense of life before it's too late...but who cares anyway?