Back to work?

I have just applied for a part time job but not sure if that is want I really want.

I have been off work about 18 months with fibro. and thought I could manage a few hours work. The hours are 9-1 three mornings a week. However, mornings are my worse time.

I dont know what to do if Im called for interview. If Im not then the decision will be made for me. What do others think. Im so anxious.

Thank you


13 Replies

  • Sorry David i cant help on this one.. wishing you good luck in what you decide to do. :)

  • Morning David.......I think the only course of action if you are called for interview is to be totally honest and explain your condition but the more you worry about it the worse your fibro will be.....try to stay calm and what will be will be! Wishing you luck

  • Hi Golfer15 , You have a big decision to make, I'm not sure what advice to give you. I couldn't do it but my disability is not for FM.Whatever your decision I wish you the very best.Take care . Peck.🐤

  • Hi Golfer,

    Firstly, try not to be anxious, we all admire you for taking this first very big step.

    Trikki has given some very good advice on the approach to take in the interview - be honest in your interview about how you condition affects you.

    You could also establish whether or not the job is a 'job-share' ie somebody else does the same job on the 'afternoon shift'. Is that person happy to do afternoons or would they consider mornings so that you could slot in for the afternoon.

    If not, could the employer be flexible about the hours?

    I don't know what you previous career was but you have skills! Employers want skilled and willing workers! They may want you enough to be flexible and if they don't, it's their loss!

    Best wishes x

  • Thanks for the replies. The job is a teaching assistant in a school. I used to be a teacher. This is in a primary school working one to one with a child with down syndrome. There is someone doing the afternoon shift. I dont know how flexible the school would be.

    I will be honest about my health if I get to interview.

    I will keep you informed.


  • Hi Golfer15 did you not know the hours when you applied ? It sounds a good post, as others have said just tell them about your fibro, but they might want someone who can commit to the days assigned.

    Good luck 👍🏼

  • Yes I knew the hours but wasnt sure if I could cope. Part of me says yes, I should push myself the other part says no, I couldnt cope.

  • Go for your interview see how it goes, I'm a great believer in what's laid out for you, and if you get it think of the satisfaction you will get. I do hope what ever you decide it all comes good for you. Please let us know 😊

  • Best of luck David.....x

  • good luck xx

  • I'm interested in how you go on as I recently had to pack in my job and study due to fibro but have been thinking of looking for a part-time job, but like you I'm worse in the mornings. Also what do you tell employers - do you tell them you have fibro? Will that discriminate against you? As for hours of work - I've noticed a lot don't tell you the exact working hours - i.e. whether its mornings or afternoons, just number of hours... which is about as much use as a chocolate teapot.... Good luck

  • Morning achy, (good name) I feel very achy and tired as usual this morning. Just thinking this is how I would be at work. If I get to interview, I will be honest about my fibro and how it affects me. If they want me for my skills then they will make allowances for my health.

    I will keep you informed.


  • I want to genuinely wish you all the best of luck with whatever you decide to do my friend? Please take care of yourself.

    All my hopes and dreams for you


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