From nothing for money to not a dream job, but any job is better than none at all, in dream circumstances and then still dreaming toward dream job fulfillment…
Lickily, it isn’t hard work or I’d never manage a job – it’s tough enough turning up at all, even with light duties and ideal circumstances.
My work is part-time and I still have money for nothing much – but far better than nothing nothing much for money!
My dream circumstances are flexibility, negotiated days and hours, there being gaps in the workload in which I can scrawl ideas and thoughts in my notebook during my shift (or read a newspaper and do the crossword, though I usually stick to my notebook and daydream mostly). I prefer no gaps in workload and not being bored to tears for half the day, but beggars can’t be choosers. A supportive network is essential and it’s nice when that extends to colleagues. If I couldn’t get a lift door to door, I’d never make it via public transport and certainly wouldn’t be able to afford the fares. I can eat cheaply from the staff canteen and that’s a huge advantage.
Dream job fulfillment would be the realisation of a collaborative creative project as a founding member. It would have to mean generating enough income to live on at least as uncomfortably as currently and some working from home. The way things are going with that, we’re looking at a four or five year development plan before anything is likely to get off the ground – if ever(!) I’d also like supplement my income as a published writer – but now I really am dreaming!!!