Beating the disability benefit trap

Trying to make myself look a good employment prospect is stressful; I’m resigned to never managing full time (unless someone out there manages to come up with a cure for ME/CFS – which would be nice..) but I WILL do my┬ádamnedest┬áto find a part time job that pays better than the benefit system; hence the 1st class honours I’m aiming for in my degree.

I love that one of my former tutors is trying to help me in this, the recent Linkedin reference she gave me makes me sound like ‘superwoman’ as opposed to way I see myself which is ‘part-time almost-woman’:

Vicky has an amazing amount of energy and a voracious appetite when it comes to her work and her passion in technological issues. Vicky became a mum whilst studying and adapted to motherhood and her studies as if nothing had happended in her world and kept very focused. Vicky received the Best Student of the year Award for 2008-9 which she thoroughlly deserved. I recommend Vicky to any employer as an outstanding individual who can work alone and motivate herself to complete the task at hand

I was lucky in that the becoming a mother thing happened at just the right time in my studies – While pregnant my ME/CFS disappeared; I felt better than I had in over 5 years: no pain and energy to burn!

All the 1st year exams and assignment deadlines come during the early half of my 3rd trimester and although I had to take the first 6 weeks off in my 2nd year following the birth, the support I got from the college was amazing; they sent me regular emails and uploaded extra information to studynet (the uni VLE) and I even got one home visit from a lecturer to go over a class I’d been unable to attend; it’s easy to stay focussed with that kind of background support!

..and that’s without taking into consideration the fact that my beloved has been at home the whole time to take care of both the child and myself – not many lasses are that blessed in the love of their lives!

I guess it’s possible that to anyone but my closest family and friends maybe I do come across as that superwoman – I AM passionate about my interests; I get my teeth hooked into something and I do stay focussed, sometimes to the detriment of my relationship with the people closest to me because I don’t have the energy to work AND be a mum/ partner/ sister/ friend at the same time.

..But no point whining about that when I’ve already done so on my ME/CFS blog and in my twitter stream (in fact I should probably stop whining on twitter about #cfs but some days you really need to vent about how shite it is)

In the break I’ve had from studies since my deferral exams I’ve managed to complete a series of e-learning videos for an online assessment project the University are conducting, in the process I’ve now got a new piece of software under my belt and they want me to pass on the knowledge of its use to others.

I’ve also been asked if I’d participate in another e-assessment project that’s starting up; this would make my 3rd project for the university and I take it as a positive sign that my services have been required multiple times because of my knowledge and experience.

..Fingers crossed when I graduate a suitable position opens and they’re willing to take me on as a non-student employee (although for CPD there are a couple of post-grad courses on offer that I’ve been eyeing..)

I think an academic environment like that would suit me quite well; they’re sympathetic towards my health issues and allow me to work mostly from home and to my own schedule (as much as possible) which means I can maximise the time I’m ‘up’ efficiently – I can’t think of many other organisations that would allow me that amount of flexibility!

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