My background is mainly crap retail jobs, followed by boring admin jobs and I'm currently working in London as an HR Assistant. At my interview I was led to expect CPP/CIPD training but that hasn't materialised (and it doesn't look as if it's ever likely to). In fact, I spent most of my first few weeks sitting around doing nothing because no one would even train me on basic things. Add to this the fact that one of the women on the team seems to have taken an instant dislike to me, that we've just made 30 people redundant and have another round set up for January (not seen the list yet, so I could be on it...) and I'm not feeling too comfortable where I am.
I'm quite disappointed that this hasn't worked out for me as I'd actually quite like to have a career, rather than bouncing about from job to job whenever I get bored. Ideally I would like to get a job that supports you to study towards a professional qualification or a graduate training scheme because I like studying but can't afford to do an MA (and it would probably be a bit pointless anyway).
A couple of weeks ago I was on the verge of quitting my job but things are a little more bearable now so I'm trying to stick it out until I find something better. I'm mainly looking at local council websites, milkround, civil service gateway and similar things. I feel a bit more positive as I got an email yesterday offering me an interview for the NHS Graduate Management Scheme (I'd forgotten I'd even applied as I had to do online aptitude testing and was sure I'd fail the maths, so it was a nice surprise to get an interview!)
There's another application I'm waiting to hear back from but I think I really need to step it up with my applications in the new year if I'm going to find something decent. :/