I (F22) have been out of work for a year and a bit. How do I not feel intimidated by returning to the workforce?

I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’ve been on welfare for quite some time. This is called universal credit (AKA benefits) in the UK.

I have been volunteering, however, and have tried to enrol on courses (the most recent one didn’t let me know they were resuming, and only got back to me four weeks into the course by which I couldn’t join it), but I’m still so intimidated.

The thing is, I couldn’t hold down a job before and I still don’t know why. I’ve tried to explore this with counsellors before but never really got anywhere. I’ve been on medication on and off and cannot identify whether it’s working or not because all my GP does is throw tablets at me and not follow up.

I’d like to study social work at university and am currently working on my personal statement. In other words, I’m really trying, genuinely, but I don’t know if I’m just someone who’s not capable of handling this.



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