My mentoring apt went well today.
We talked about me signing up for the job coach service. I decided I would sign up for it. So I rang them. Unfortunately, I have to be referred by the local employment service, so then I had to ring them, but the guy I needed to speak too was out of the office, so I’m now waiting for a call back from him. I am hopeful that he can just refer me over the phone, and that I wont have to make a trip in to see him.
My mentor gave me a couple of websites to look at. They are job websites. Like for example, one is irish jobs, one is indeed, one is health service jobs, one is public service jobs, and one is jobs in the non profit sector. I am going to look over them over the next week or two, see what I think. I may even apply for some jobs while I wait for the job coaching service to get back to me. Then if by some miracle it turned out I did end up getting something before my turn came to go to them, I could just cancel the referral.
We also rang the medical card office. I needed to find out how much I could earn before my medical card is compramised. It turns out I can earn 184 euro a week after tax, before there is any repercussions.
After that, its on a means tested basis. But the girl in the office said that when my medical card comes up for review in november, if I submit letters from dr. barry and from the national council for the blind with my application, that a discressionary medical card may be granted, for a few years, then that way if I did get a job in the mean time my medical card wouldnt be touched.
I also rang dr. barrys office to see if I actually need my medical card to continue seeing her, or can I actually see her without one, like, I’d have to pay for meds then, but could I continue to see her in the public health system without having a medical card, we are waiting to hear back from her office about that.
so all in all it was a productive appointment. In an hour we covered loads of things.
I was happy with how it went. I told my mom I was thinking of looking for work part time, she wasnt very positive about it, saying I should just stick to volunteering, but I knew she wouldnt be. She’s always afraid when I start new things, or take on new challenges, like she thinks I’m going to fail or something. She kept saying I have to be committed, which kinda irked me, as I am committed. I am very committed to this.