Hi my name is reed. I was diagnosed Dec 2015 with Ms since then life hasn't been the same as it was. I am a career automotive mechanic and after a year of looking I was offered a job at a GM dealership as a service writer I left my job of 5 years for that position and within 3 weeks they fired me because they told me I wasn't picking it up fast enough they also weren't training me at all so no wonder I feel like I have memory loss from a ms and that didn't help me in my new job at all. Three days after I got fired from the dealership I went to a Meineke and started working as a technician again only to be surrounded by disrespectful short-tempered coworkers. I quit working there and am trying to get my job back at the Midas I worked for for five years at least there I had decent and respectful coworkers. The problem is that I can handle the physical labor being a mechanic anymore. I don't have any money left to go to school nor do I have any other certifications or skills to lead me into another career. So so I'm asking anybody out there can you help me or point me in the right direction please.
This is Steve with the National MS Society.
I'm sorry to hear you've had such issues with employment! I wanted to provide you the following link which will take you to the section of our website which addresses employment. There is a lot of good information on this page, but I'd like to specifically point out the video towards the bottom of the webpage entitled Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. It discusses "Voc Rehab" and how it may be helpful given your current situation. I'd also like to encourage you to contact one of our MS Navigators at 1-800-344-4867. We would be happy to help you locate any vocational rehab centers in your area and discuss any other resources which may be helpful.
I'll tell you the direction I am currently heading, and let me tell you it is not even close to a direction I ever thought I would consider pursuing, let alone actually give it a shot.
I went to school to be a cop, and got my masters in human services. What is it I a doing now? Insurance sales. Specifically life insurance. I just started a few weeks ago and things are going alright. You get to set your own pace, but you have to be careful to not get too lax to not maintain the income you need. I'm still trying to find balance, because I have never been in a position of a straight commission income, which this is.
I don't know what your state licensing requirements are, but it might be something to look into. Some companies will assist you with getting your license. I had mine already when I started with the company I am with now. Like I said it is not even close to what I ever saw myself doing, but I am finding that with discipline it affords the ability to set my own schedule and lay low on tough days.
If you are interested in knowing who the company I work for is, send me a message. I don't want to go promoting something publically and getting in trouble. In this type of position though you are an independent contractor for the company. You are your own business, selling the company's product(s). Income is 100% commission. That's a new concept for me that I am still trying to learn, but the fllexibility has been invaluable.