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Um........ I guess I've got by so far without any. Not been on the dole yet, always paid my way through been a cleaner but I do detest it! I feel that this life isn't for me and want to better myself …
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6m, 1w agoPosted 6 months, 1 week ago
Um........ I guess I've got by so far without any. Not been on the dole yet, always paid my way through been a cleaner but I do detest it! I feel that this life isn't for me and want to better myself and be something more for my Children to look up to. Without going to college/Uni, do you think it's possible for me to get a 'proper' job? Or even better earn money in a legitimate way from home. Many thanks.
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6m, 1w agoPosted 6 months, 1 week ago
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#1
Have you been a care worker or a gardener? You could self teach how to plaster/tile/decorate and do jobs cheaply for family and friends until you've got enough pictures and recommendations to go self employed...?
#2
sorry but there is no way to get a proper job without some form of education, be it an apprenticeship or formal education. you could try slaving away in the depressing **** that is retail, but it's a crap job with crap pay.

An alternative is to join Virgin trains on board crew, but this is invite only.

Your age would help on answering your questions
#3
yah I was just about to write be a carer. my aunty has a disability and she has a carer who takes her out shopping and day trips out anywhere. she had a few different carers and they are all just local people who do it without any qualifications. it's meant be quite good money.
#4
Car boot sales, buy stuff there and sell it on.
#5
It depends what you mean by no qualifications... I only have GCSEs but I started in a bank call centre 10 years ago and now I'm a HR Manager. I also spent 5 years before that working in retail. It's hard work, but you can work your way up fairly quickly if you have the right attitude. I was a duty/stock manager in a supermarket before joining Boots as a Christmas temp and worked up to a beauty consultant in less than two years.
#6
what talents or skills do you have that makes you feel you can better yourself?
#7
You are probably cleaning for an agency where it can become mundane and little reward.

My neighbour has been cleaning for 30 odd years (she's 70 now) - she began working with her husband in their own pub/office cleaning business and had several contracts - she now does private home cleaning and ironing which gets her out of the home and also interacting with "her employers" which tend to be (should I say) "upper class clientele"

It's not everybody's choice - it's what you make of it that counts. I was watching a documentary and some old guy has spent many years in a fabricating (manual/monotonous) roll but he wouldn't change it for anything. Each to their own.
#8
I am 30.
#9
sowotsdis
what talents or skills do you have that makes you feel you can better yourself?
I don't think I have any talents or skills as I have low self esteem but I have a lot of drive, energy, manners, reliable, very honest, and it's other People telling me how well I apply myself at what ever I do and that I deserved to go further making me think about it.
#10
louisebarker
sowotsdis
what talents or skills do you have that makes you feel you can better yourself?
I don't think I have any talents or skills as I have low self esteem but I have a lot of drive, energy, manners, reliable, very honest, and it's other People telling me how well I apply myself at what ever I do and that I deserved to go further making me think about it.

Just re read that and it looks as though I have no skills. Hope it made sense.
#11
louisebarker
sowotsdis
what talents or skills do you have that makes you feel you can better yourself?
I don't think I have any talents or skills as I have low self esteem but I have a lot of drive, energy, manners, reliable, very honest, and it's other People telling me how well I apply myself at what ever I do and that I deserved to go further making me think about it.

Have you thought about signing up for a temp agency and taking it from there. Accepting anything going to see what you enjoy,excel at and normally it is a good foot in the door to a company and work you way up from that. I work in the food distribution sector and one of our senior managers started as a warehouse cleaner, another started as an order picker neither had any formal qualifications. I know at times we are so desperate for office workers and other jobs for that matter we don't worry so much about formal qualifications as that you will be reliable, flexible with working hours and willingness to learn. Well the working hours part is just something that comes within my own industry as we operate 24/7 to supply stores with stock, with only 2 official days we are totally closed per year.
#12
people skills are very important these are not obtained through a qualification so don't undersell yourself!!
#13
louisebarker
sowotsdis
what talents or skills do you have that makes you feel you can better yourself?
I don't think I have any talents or skills as I have low self esteem but I have a lot of drive, energy, manners, reliable, very honest, and it's other People telling me how well I apply myself at what ever I do and that I deserved to go further making me think about it.


​That sounds to me as though you have plenty of skills, just add your willingness to learn to that list and you're half way to getting a better job already, just think of something you would enjoy doing as a job, search some employment agency websites for some inspiration and then organise a decent CV and then fire it of to as many companies as you feel relevant. Good luck with it all.
#14
It sounds to me like you have a great attitude and you could succeed in anything you put your mind to. Don't let lack of qualifications put you off trying for jobs. The qualities you've listed are what employers want; reliability, honesty, good manners. If they think you have the right attitude and are capable of learning the job, they may give you a chance. Don't underestimate yourself.

If you are interested in a specific career path and want to start learning, check out your local school or college for evening classes. Not sure where you are based but in Scotland there is ILA funding to cover the costs of learning if you earn under £22k. There may be something similar available in your area.

Go for it and best of luck!
#15
my local radio station run a fun phone in called "pointless percentage" every morning. interestingly, todays was the fact that only 27% of companies actually check the qualifications that you claim to have on your application form...

just throwing that out there...
#16
jonnybravo99
my local radio station run a fun phone in called "pointless percentage" every morning. interestingly, todays was the fact that only 27% of companies actually check the qualifications that you claim to have on your application form...
just throwing that out there...
Where I work don't always check them, but when we do you better have what you claimed or you're out the door, on the other hand we're not actually that bothered about qualifications so making them up puts you in a worse position than just not putting them on.
#17
Set up your own cleaning business :)

I'm amazed at how many people near me alone have one of those cleaners that are mobile and go from job to job in a car.
#18
People skills and good literacy is what's needed, don't fill in any cv or application and use text speech, you won't get a look in when it's read!
#19
any driving licence? if so bus driver / coach driver , pay is good too .
#20
Depends what you want you see as a proper job.
You can get to most mid to low tier management roles in most places simple by starting at the bottom and working your way up.

It's a lot easier to pick up qualifications, if you want them, nowadays with all the online courses (check the ins and outs first before spending anything), but the good ones don't tend to be cheap.
#21
At 30, you still have a fantastic capacity to learn. You just need to tap into that capacity to learn in order to maximise your desire to better yourself and make your children proud. The children give you responsabilities, ones I'm sure you are fulfilling - and they also can limit you a bit so you need to find something that works around the children and their needs. Easier said than done.
I'm no sporty person but the Olympics tells me that their methods towrads their achivments can be adapted to allow you to fulfil your dreams.
So start off with a dream. Write the dream down if it helps. What is it you really want? Sure, at some stage add a bit of reality into it - but not that much - do not put your imagiined barriers in the way of you achieving your dream.
At some stage practicalities will get in the way of you achieving your dreams - but those are just minor challenges for you to overcome. Achieving your dreams is not easy - ask Mo Farrah or any of the other Olympians. And do not let us forget all the non medal winners who still achieve their personal best records - an amazing achievement. So, no negative thoughts along your pathway of achieving your dreams - turn every negative into a positive.
You have already mentioned many of your good points - I'm sure you have a lot more than you probably realise. You seem to be very resourcful and can turn your mind to anything. I have seen many people work in the voluntary sector who have then worked full-time for their chosen charity doing amazing things. I met a lady recently about your age, also with children, who was teaching herself shorthand and typing - these days quite a limited field. The course she was doing was rubbish and she was not getting the support she was paying for. I helped her get that sorted, but the key point was she was volunteering for an organisation and when an admin job came up that would stretch her a bit she was given a chance to do it and now she is loving it and shows great promise to do even better.
You can do this! You have already made the first steps. You say you have low-esteem - that may be but what you lack perhaps in that you make up with high self-awareness. You are embarking on this pathway of self-improvement - but don't let envy of others be your driving force. You are doing this for you and your children - no other reasons.
Go Girl!
#22
As said above, the way you have phrased your question seems to prove that you can think and articulate well. If you are un-inspired by the idea of being educated, which, lets face it, is turning into something of an un-employment nightmare for my children's generation, I would say you are ideal for self employment. The key thing is it has to be something that you know about and like so that you can motivate yourself to get up and go. A friend of mine, who has virtually no qualifications, started a window cleaning business 20 years ago with a bucket and a leather. He now has a very comfortable life with several employees. Good luck.
#23
So many kind, lovely and helpful comments. Thank you all x
#24
I had no education have been disabled and bedded down for years due to an accident and have been in higher bracket employment for most of my life, you can only try, there will be a million knock backs but perseverance is key, there are many employers out there that are interested in the person, just tricky getting past HR, keep trying, Go for the jobs that you are interested in, that way when you get an interview you will be nervous excited and passionate, research big time prior to applying, know the job, workplace and history of the department likely to interview you, good luck
#25
Can you drive, how about a job that involves driving
#26
Delivery Job perhaps. Get in touch with places lie UPS and Hermes and see what they say. Good luck!
#27
there is nothing wrong with being a cleaner and getting a job for your children to 'look up to' shouldn't be in the equation. they should look up to you anyway as you are their mum and they should be proud of you that you earn your living and not be a burden on benefits.

if you don't like cleaning because you just don't like the job, not what you think other think of you because you are a cleaner, then you could apply to be a shop assistant as that just need GCSE's.
#28
None emergency patient transport service, (NEPTS) As long as you can drive, have no more than 3 or 6 points, depending on the service provider, and generally fit you could apply. Job description will be for an ambulance care assistant, you need to pass a course which is basically the following.
First aid, driving assessment, and manual handling as you will be expected to carry patients up and down stairs, normally up to around 15st as a 2 person crew 2 ... . Ive do have gcse's, and ive been doing this and emergency ambulance work for 19 years and love it. Its about care, compasion and dignity. Avg annual wage is around £16-19 k p/a. Again depending on the provider.
#29
receptionist
look at local council jobs
#30
jonnybravo99
my local radio station run a fun phone in called "pointless percentage" every morning. interestingly, todays was the fact that only 27% of companies actually check the qualifications that you claim to have on your application form...
just throwing that out there...
That is interesting, funny timing x

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