I felt quite depressed on waking again. Although I must have been in bed for about twelve hours (this was at nearly 1pm), I still felt tired. On the whole I’m probably doing OK, mental health-wise, at the moment, but I get bursts of depression and/or anxiety most days that last for a while and I’m definitely struggling to find my ‘place’ or role in terms of career, family, dating and fitting in to the Jewish community. I tried telling myself that where I am (moderately depressed and anxious, autistic, unemployed etc.) is where God wants me to be, but it’s hard. I keep wondering why I have to be like this. But I don’t think we can know such things, at least not at the time. Maybe years later, when we see how things turn out.
I just did a civil service initiative and judgement test for a job at a ministerial library that I applied for. Part of the test was on attitudes to work. I think the ideal candidate bounds out of bed in the morning and hurries joyfully to work and sets him or herself a number of career goals culminating in becoming the head of a department by the age of forty. The test is not really set up for someone confused about their career choice and suffering from depressive anhedonia (lack of enjoyment) and lack of motivation. My concentration during the test was poor too.
Then there was an initiative test which was based largely around management issues. I’m not ready for a management job (and probably never will be), which suggests that the job is not right for me. I found the multiple choice framework frustrating, as I frequently wanted to add clarification or a caveat, or felt that none of the answers given were very good, even though I could not think of a better one. I suspect that I’m not management material. I got through it rather quickly. I was told it should take about fifty minutes, but I did it in thirty, which makes me worry I went through it too fast, but I couldn’t really connect the questions to anything that might really have guided me. I did do some study of management for my librarianship MA, but nothing that really helped here. Although it is fun to imagine Sir Humphrey Appleby, the Machiavellian civil service chief from Yes Minister being made to sit one of these tests (“Where’s the option ‘brief against your critics to their boss until he fires them’?”).
I did, apparently, pass the test and am still being considered for the job, which is good.