As some of you may be aware, I’ve been unemployed since January 2016: the result of an unexpected downsizing and an equally unexpected eye-operation for my Keratoconus. In respect to the Keratoconus, I saw my eye specialist a week ago and he reckons I’m as good as it will now get, and so I don’t need to see him for another year. Yippee! Albeit, I still have fifty stitches in my eye. Since recovering from the operation it has therefore been a long struggle applying for countless jobs given that I have to explain the eye operation as the cause for the extended period of time not working. One employer actually told me following an interview that the only reason I was not hired was my recent year-and-a-bit not working. So if not working is stopping people from wanting to hire me, how will I ever get hired?
All this said, there have been some nibbles. Indeed, my recent fortnight absence from the realm of WordPress is a result of an exceptionally busy period in the job hunting scene. I am really astonished by what is expected of job applicants these days. For two of my job applications in recent weeks I have (for each) had to 1) perform an online intelligence test 2) undertake separate position related testing 3) perform role-plays of situations typical of the position. So six tests in all, each on separate days. Huh? Yep. In each case the role plays were conflict based. I guess they want to see how we cope under stress. I have also had a few more traditional job interviews. It has all been very tiring with a promise of more interviews next week.
Other news: my brother-in-law Glen Ison went to EuropPCR in Paris where he presented his abstract and used one of my images in his presentation. Glenn ended up winning the EuroPCR 2017 Nurses and Allied Professionals Best Clinical Abstract. Well done Glenn!
Glenn also made a nice comment about me on Facebook.
I must admit that it would be nice if I could get work doing computer graphics, especially for medical stuff. But I am not really good enough yet.
Other events included hosting a sleep birthday party for my daughter Rhiannon and her friends. This included me cooking a Thai Green Curry for them and locking myself in my office till 1am hoping to outlast them and turn the television off. However they outlasted me and when I crept out the merriment was still going strong. I relented and went to bed leaving them to their High School Musical marathon. The following day we bade the overnight guests a sleepy farewell and then caught a train to the city to visit my mum who was turning 86. So a very full weekend.
During my tiny bit of down time this past fortnight I have become enamored with the television series WestWorld. It’s well worth viewing for reasons that deserve a post in themselves. I’ve also read Lee Child’s “Make Me” – a Jack Reacher novel. This was enthralling and fast paced.
Hopefully soon I can get back to my regular reading and writing on WordPress.