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Well well well, Mrs. Ubam Ubam from Nigeria needs my help (and addresses me as 'Dear Friend' in the hope that I will give it) to get her hands on $ 20,000,000; she promises to give me 10% of it. Wow! All my financial worries gone in an instant...All I need to do is pose as Mr. Barry Kelly (deceased)'s next of kin; and to that end provide her with my 1) full names (2) private Telephone/fax numbers (3) address (5) age and occupation so that I will use it to get all the necessary documents that will back-up the claim which I will send to you through courier services (D.H.L). She further assures me that she has enough money to cover the initial cost of procuring these documents herself, but may need me to provide additional funds if she runs into any unexpected difficulty.

I'm amazed to see this scam's still working; to be honest, I can't see how anyone could ever have been taken in by it, but I'm told it has happened in the past. Still, I should be grateful to Mrs. Ubam Ubam: her offer has at least put a little smile on my face. God knows I've got little enough to smile about: I just got asked again what kind of job I'm looking for, and I still haven't found an answer other than 'one that's closer to home'...'cause seriously, what skills have I got? I'm an archaeologist who hasn't dug in 7 years, and a publicist who hasn't published anything in 13...10 years in a techy job in hp has killed off any and all ambition as well as enthusiasm. I really don't know what it is I should be looking for.

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bogwitch
Dec. 20th, 2004 09:43 pm (UTC)
Blimey, I never expected you to actually tell me! But okay, is there another way you can use your research or publicity skills in another way? Libarianship (that might take some training though - or maybe not?), town planning? Er... stretching my imagination a bit here.
gamiila
Dec. 20th, 2004 10:21 pm (UTC)
Just thinking out loud...reminiscing...and realising I never really said goodbye to all of that -- well, not wholeheartedly, anyway. Maybe that's what's ground me down so much recently.

Town planning? I actually did a course in that at Delft Polytechnic, as part of my studies in architectural history. Very interesting it was, too!

Librarian, documentalist -- it all requires qualifications I don't have, and take years to acquire. That's the bum deal: I'm over-qualified for the work I've been doing, and unqualified for a lot of the work I could be doing!

Another problem is that we're in the middle of an economic slump, which means that lots of art or cultural institutions have to downsize. I remember this from the early 90s -- in the municipal archaeological department, only 3 out of 11 jobs remained. (I was one of the 8 who had to leave)
bogwitch
Dec. 20th, 2004 10:25 pm (UTC)
Librarian, documentalist -- it all requires qualifications I don't have, and take years to acquire. That's the bum deal: I'm over-qualified for the work I've been doing, and unqualified for a lot of the work I could be doing!

Tell me about it! I thought Librarian might be a problem in that way, but with you, I never know...

I actually applied for a Town Planning job, it sounded really good and I had the basic requirements. But like most intersting jobs i want to do, I never got an interview.
gamiila
Dec. 20th, 2004 10:34 pm (UTC)
But like most intersting jobs i want to do, I never got an interview.

Same here. And I know it's because I simply suck at writing a good motivational cover letter, you know, the kind that says 'I'm the woman for the job, and you'd be mad not to interview me'.
gamiila
Dec. 20th, 2004 10:34 pm (UTC)
Hey! Maybe I should spell it out next time...
bogwitch
Dec. 20th, 2004 10:36 pm (UTC)
It might help.