I am now unemployed (technically)
It just occurred to me last night when I was on my way to bed after my last shift as an NHS nurse that my contract officially ended at midnight, but my new job doesn't start till Friday meaning that on a technicality, I am currently unemployed.
I don't know why I thought about this but I did and it dawned on me that I haven't been unemployed since I was 17 years old (I am now 33) when I was unemployed for a few weeks between the restaurant I worked in closing down and getting a job in another restaurant before I moved straight on to the pub trade. I have worked since I was about 12, which is actually rare in my generation - most people probably started a few years later than me, which means I have been working for over 20 years! I should be able to claim my pension by now!
I worked all though high school then worked full time whilst going to college full time as well, even when I left college for a year due to illness, I still worked I just went part time. I wonder if thats why my body is failing me now - working close to 40 hours whilst attending 21 hours of college a week and still finding time to study probably wasn't that great for my health. Especially when my working hours often called for me to work till close to 2am before getting up again at 6 to travel to college.
OK so I am only unemployed on a technicality, I will be gainfully employed again come Friday but I consider myself very lucky to be of my generation and can honestly say that I have never been unemployed in my adult life until now on this technicality of time differences between the end of one and the start of another. Many of my counterparts are not as fortunate as me, especially ones that come from a small town like me where it is even harder to find work.