re: Where do I go from here? VIEW POST

re: In that case, my sense is that staying at this current job is the right call to make, at least for the time being. Even if you're not terribly fond...

It's not just a lack of engagement or a mild dislike for the work, it's that it's stuff that I don't have any competency in and, due to the brain fog due to being in constant pain, I am unable to focus enough to learn what I need to learn.

If I had this workload at a job where I already knew what I was doing, I'd agree with you, but I'm out of my depth and I feel like I'm just wasting everyone's time.

That's a tough one. If you haven't already, and you think it won't be used against you, it may be worth talking to your boss about the situation. Maybe they can adjust the kind of work they ask you to do so it's a bit easier for you to handle.

It also may be worthwhile to start looking around for other opportunities while you still have this job. They say it's easier to get a job when you already have one. Maybe you'll find something that's more in line with things you already know and they might also be willing to accommodate your health issues.

Yes. But what jobs might those be? That was entirely the question I was asking by making the original post.

I apologize for misunderstanding your original post. I guess that was a lot of "sound and fury, signifying nothing" :)

My thoughts turn to doing the same things anyone would normally do looking for a job: Check the most popular job boards for postings in your area. Also, do searches for companies in your area that you think you may enjoy working for and see if you can contact them directly somehow (via email, linkedin, whatever the case may be). Possibly get in touch with some headhunters to see if they can bring opportunities to you.

Given your situation, I'd try to apply for jobs where I think I already know how to do stuff quite well, to reduce the learning curve. The idea is to leverage the knowledge and experience you already have as much as possible.

If you get to a point where they are interested in you, I think that is the time to mention your health issues and see if they can help and support you to work around them. I wouldn't bring it up right away - I think it's better to raise it once you already have their interest and attention as a stand-out candidate.

I don't know this for certain, but it may be worth looking into government or non-profits, with the idea being that they may pay less, but perhaps they'd be more flexible in accommodating you.

Searching for a job may be taxing on its own, so make sure to space this out and not do too much at a time.

Of course, this is all stuff you may have considered already. I don't have any really unusual or original ideas that come to mind.

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