I’m at a bit of a scary place, financially.
I’ve been off work since December and collecting unemployment. It’s not very much money but I can live on it, especially since I have some savings.
However, I have just requested my last unemployment payment. I am now out of benefit money.
I am looking for a job, but it’s hard to find one that pays well. I make good money working for the government, I don’t expect to make as much in the private sector, but I’d like to make more than 50% of my government pay.
I am going to start the process for peer support counselor certification. The first stage is only $75 and I’ve got that at the moment. Getting the certification for billing Medicaid is another $650 but I really need to have a job as a peer in order to qualify anyway. It requires something like 3000 hours of practice, which is about 18 months of full time work.
Of course I will re-file for unemployment. I did work for about 3 months so I may qualify for another award. Anything could happen.
I am stressed about money, but it could be much worse. I have my cats and my art, I can go to support groups until I have a job, I can volunteer. I have friends and good roommates. I just need to find a job, either one that pays well or one I can leave without remorse when the government calls me back.