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    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 2nd Dec 17, 12:01 PM
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    another casualty
    Looking to start employment after upheaval and illness ..
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    Looking to start employment after upheaval and illness .. 2nd Dec 17 at 12:01 PM
    Howdy !

    I have posted a similar thread before . Apologies in advance

    I am in a fairly strange situation where I just had enough of everything and decided to start all over again . This entailed moving from Greater London to Poole in Dorset / clearing my debts / buying flat outright / trying to recover from health issues and make me confident to start employment in a new county - new start.

    My background : left school in 1979 ( I will very soon be 55) . Have been doing office work mainly in Postroom and facilities environment in various large and well known companies over the years.
    In the early days I was just working in permanent contracts . I didnít understand temporary employment until about the yer2000. Even then I worked as a temp and got permanent contracts through temping. Until last year I was always employed moving from one place to the next with a little gap in between at times. Overall, I was unemployed for roughly six months since leaving school.
    However, things took an almighty tumble for the worst in 2014.

    In March 2014 I inherited the beginning of an illness ( myasthenia gravis) . The first six months I was mis diagnosed as Bellís palsy .
    I ended up in hospital on 2 occasions . Despite giving my all to a company I just couldnít get on with( I had no choice but to stay there as I got the job at the start of the recession in 2008 and nothing else out there etc) I ended up getting a final written warning from my employers suspended for 2 years in 2015. All I did was let off steam and retaliated verbally to my new boss ( who was personnel ). She criticised my appointments and I snapped . Anyhow forgetting that , I worked for over a year after that incident and started my new life last November giving 1 weeks notice as I had to leave my flat. I saved up most of my annual holiday so there was no problem.

    Iíve gone on a bit Anyhow the key issues: Will my reference be affected from my previous employers ?
    I am only looking for part time employment . I need to lose a huge amount of weight due to taking prednisolone . I am seeing a personal trainer and expect to be employable in the spring . My health was very good before all this happened. Could I retrain in something else? Not sure what tbh , but I need to get out there next year and find something suitable.

    Thanks
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    • By lincroft1710 2nd Dec 17, 3:53 PM
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    Providing it is honest, your previous employer can give an unfavourable reference (not saying they will, just that they can).

    Retraining may or may not be beneficial, it so much depends on what you want to do coupled with your availability for part time work, your age and your state of health. There are plenty of ageist and sizeist employers out there, who could reject you without making it appear discriminatory.
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    • By another casualty 3rd Dec 17, 1:17 PM
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    Thanks lincroft

    I suppose the good thing is that I actually worked over a year into my final written warning suspended for two years and had to leave for such short notice due to my flat being sold and I was going to be homeless The other good things were that when I was sent to the company doctor I didnít disclose to the doctor why I was there , or whinge in any way about the company or the incident . I also carried on doing the job like nothing happened after the hearing . Of course I shook hands and left on good terms on the day I departed . I even got a present with leaving card from 1 department . Card was signed buy my boss The head of h r said that I came across as a likeable bloke . In a way I doubt if they will give me a poor reference because of that . I shouldíve appealed but the time to do so was minimal and I was very sick .

    Yes it seems employers call the shots more than ever now due to too many people in the world . Once I lose the weight I will start looking and see whatís what .
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